Horror stories of the Stryker hip recall continue to be told this week by way of an investigative report from Florida’s Palm Beach Post.

First, there was the 48-year old man who was so relieved with the success of his Stryker Rejuvenate surgery that he named his new puppy after the company. Two months later, he allegedly developed excruciating pain in his hip and foot and a large bruise along his calf, the Jan. 27 Post report stated. After doctors ran a series of blood tests, they realized the man was suffering from metallosis, which occurs when the metal components of the device rub together and shed metallic debris into the patient’s bloodstream.

Stryker Hip Recall Lawsuits

Then there was the physically fit Boca Raton retiree who worked out regularly and enjoyed long walks with her husband. Five surgeries later, which used the Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant, she claims she can barely walk.

In her Stryker hip recall lawsuit, which was the first to be filed over the Rejuvenate hip implant in the U.S., the patient alleges high blood cobalt levels, and has tumor-like swelling on the artificial hip. After her first revision surgery failed, the woman’s right leg had to be rebuilt by a trauma surgeon, she said.

The Stryker hip recall was issued in July 2012 by Stryker Orthopaedics, and affected 20,000 Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants. Comprised of metal components, the device was suggested to fret and corrode, causing early hip failure, metallosis (metal ion poisoning) and revision surgeries to remove the implant.

A Jan. 9 report from Reuters estimates the Stryker hip recall could cost the manufacturer between $190 million and $390 million in patient reimbursement costs related to medical testing and treatment, as well as revision surgeries, lawsuits and insurance payments. 

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If you were affected by the Stryker hip recall, you may be entitled to compensation for any injuries you believe to be caused by the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implant. Call a lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP at (877) 779-1414.

Published January 28, 2013 by