Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing clients who have been injured by defective metal-on-metal hip implants, reports on a July 6, 2012 voluntary Stryker Rejuvenate / ABG hip recall, which affected the company’s Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems, components used in many of the company’s hip implant systems as reported by Mass Device.

  • Stryker’s website cited the risks of “fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular-neck junction, which may result in adverse local tissue reactions manifesting with pain and/or swelling” as the reason for the recall.
  • The company decided to voluntarily recall the devices after discovering a potential trend in post-market surveillance data.
  • There have been at least 45 adverse events reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) regarding the Rejuvenate modular-neck stem since the beginning of 2012.

“While modular-neck stems provide surgeons with an option to correct certain aspects of a patient’s anatomy and hip biomechanics, given the potential risks associated with fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction, Stryker Orthopaedics decided to take this voluntary action.” Stryker hip reconstruction vice president and general manager Stuart Simpson said in prepared remarks.

Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Recall Is The Latest In Concerns Over Metal Hip Replacements

While the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems can be used as a component of either metal or ceramic hip implants, the metal-on-metal modular junction can fret or corrode, which may cause toxic metal debris to loosen and enter the bloodstream. This can result in pain, inflammation, swelling, tissue damage, and even metallosis.

Medical experts in the United States and abroad have been studying the potential dangers of metal hip replacement systems. Most recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration convened a panel of experts to weigh in on the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Though they stopped short of recommending a recall of all metal-on-metal hip systems, they cautioned doctors against using the devices.

Lawsuits Surrounding Metal-On-Metal Hip Implants Continue to Grow

Those who experienced complications or side effects after receiving metal-on-metal hip implants may be able to file a Stryker Hip Recall lawsuit to seek compensation for their injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our Stryker hip replacement lawyers are investigating and filing cases on behalf of individuals allegedly injured by metal hip implants, including those who received DePuy ASR hip implants, DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip systems, and the Wright Conserve hip systems. Since the dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants were first identified, Bernstein Liebhard LLP has followed developments, and provided a wealth of information on hip recall news on its websiteContact our lawyers today for a free case review.

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Published July 11, 2012 by