After reports of swelling, inflammation and even metallosis by people who had been injured by its hip implant devices, Stryker Orthopaedics has, at long last, pulled its Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular neck stems off the shelves.

The recall was issued on July 6, 2012 after at least 45 complaints had been reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) since the start of the year.

On its website, Stryker admitted to its products’ tendency to fret and/or corrode.

The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip systems, which are composed of chromium-cobalt and titanium, are certainly not the first metal hip implants to be flagged for concern, but they are the most recent. That’s why, on July 27-28, 2012, the FDA took action by gathering a panel of medical experts from around the world to discuss the safety of the devices. In the end, members of the advisory committee did not determine a specific level of cobalt and chromium that might put patients in danger, but they did agree that conducting future studies on standards for metal ion testing would help monitor metal toxicity in individuals.

Patients who have received the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants have experienced swelling, pain, inflammation, tissue damage and even metallosis, a condition defined by the build-up of metallic debris in the soft tissues of the body.

Other hip implant systems that have been the subject of lawsuits filed by individuals alleging injuries include:

  • DePuy ASR hip implants;
  • DePuy Pinnacle metal-on metal hip systems;
  • Wright Profemur; and
  • Wright Conserve hip replacement.

If you think you have received a recalled Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II and are now experiencing unpleasant side effects or have had to undergo revision surgery, you should take action to protect your legal rights. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP will gladly evaluate your claim and see if you can file a lawsuit against the medical device manufacturer seeking compensation for any medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of your injuries.

To learn more, contact the attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP, who are currently investigating the dangers of metal hip implants and are offering free and confidential case evaluations. For more information on the Stryker Rejuvenate/ABG II hip recall, visit our website, or give us a call at (877) 779-1414.

Published September 5, 2012 by