Stryker Orthopaedics has voluntarily recalled two metal hip replacement components, supporting mounting claims that metal-on-metal hip replacements are inherently defective. The company has pulled the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-necks stems, which attach to artificial hips, because they may corrode. This can result in pain and swelling caused by inflammation in the surrounding tissue. The now-recalled Stryker modular-neck stems provided doctors the chance to correct certain aspects of the recipient's anatomy and were marketed to younger patients because the custom-made components were supposed to offer a better range of motion and a longer-lasting hip implant.
Have you or a loved one been implanted with one of these Stryker hip implants? If so, you may be able to file a claim for medical bills and other losses related to your hip replacement complications. To find out if you are eligible, fill out our free case review form today.
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The Stryker products contain a metal neck positioned inside a metal stem, which may present a risk of metal poisoning for recipients. As a result of metal corrosion and the potential friction experienced between the neck piece and stem, it is believed that the device may generate microscopic metallic debris, which can cause a severe inflammatory response in the body. This can reportedly damage muscles and soft tissue and compromise revision surgery. At least 45 patients implanted with the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems have reported pain and/or tissue swelling with the devices.
Although the design of the Stryker hips differs from metal-on-metal hip implants, which involve and metal ball and socket, it is believed that the recalled neck stems are causing problems similar to those experienced in patients implanted with the recalled DePuy ASR systems and other metal-on-metal hip replacements targeted by litigation. These devices have been linked to hip implant failure, loosening and complications stemming from metal poisoning. It has also been suggested that excessive levels of cobalt, which have reportedly been measured in some metal-on-metal hip recipients, can cause heart, nerve and thyroid problems.
Evidence continues to mount that metal-on-metal hip implants are causing more side effects than those made out ceramic or plastic, potentially strengthening plaintiffs’ claims that these devices are causing injury. With the Stryker recall, it is likely that the device maker will face more litigation from patients who claim they were injured by the hip implant. If you or a loved one has suffered complications from the Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II Modular implant, you may be able to participate in a lawsuit against the manufacturer to recover compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering and other losses. To learn more about your potential legal claim, contact our attorneys, free of charge, by completing our free online form.