Stryker recalled its Rejuvenate and ABGII hip devices in 2012 after numerous complaints of early failures, many of which prompted painful and costly revision surgeries. Both recalled Stryker models include metal neck and stem components that can have a tendency to grind together. The friction produced can cause metal debris to loosen and detach from the hip devices into the bloodstream. The release of these chromium and cobalt ions into the bloodstream can build up over time. This build up can result in metallosis, also known as metal poisoning. Studies also showed that the modular necks of these devices are prone to fretting and corrosion which can cause swelling and pain around the implant.
At the time of the recall, Stryker sent letters to doctors and surgeons to stop using these hip implants for future hip replacement surgeries. As a result, many doctors advised affected patients to go back to their original surgeons and perform a check up. Most, if not all, of these Stryker hip implants will fail at one point because of how they were designed, so even if you have not experienced a failure yet, it is important to do check-ups.
What can I do?
It is estimated that about 20,000 of these Stryker hip devices have already been implanted. Unfortunately, the recall comes too late to protect these patients from complications. However, these patients will get financial help and future harm will be prevented since these dangerous medical devices have now been taken off of the market.
If you have had hip replacement surgery and believe one of these recalled products was used contact us today for a FREE Case Evaluation. It is important to know and understand your rights. You may contact us by calling 855-571 DRUG or send us an email.