Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Lawsuits
If you experienced complications as a result of being implanted with one of the recalled Stryker hip implants, you may want to file a Stryker recall lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries. Our hip recall lawyers are actively representing individuals who received the recalled Stryker implants as well as those who have received metal-on-metal implants from other manufacturers. Since the dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip replacement implants were first identified, our lawyers have followed developments, and provided a wealth of information on hip recall updates on our website. Contact our Stryker Hip Recall lawyers today for a free case review.
Stryker Hip Recall History
On July 6, 2012, medical device manufacturer Stryker Orthopedics announced a voluntary hip recall of two components used in its artificial hip implants – the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stem devices. The company issued the recall after post-market surveillance data revealed that the modular-neck stems may cause fretting and corrosion, which can cause adverse local tissue reactions manifesting with pain, swelling, inflammation, infection, and potentially metallosis. Specifically, the press release located on the company’s website states:
“While modular neck hip stems provide surgeons with an option to correct certain aspects of a patient’s anatomy and hip biomechanics, we decided to voluntarily recall these modular-neck stem hip systems because there is a potential for fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction which may lead to adverse local tissue reactions. Following this action we will work with the medical community to better understand this matter.”
Side Effects And Injuries Associated With Defective Stryker Hip Implants
In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) received at least 45 adverse event reports associated with the Rejuvenate modular-neck stem. Patients affected by the Stryker hip recall may experience the following side effects:
- pain and/or swelling at the local joint site;
- immobility; and
- inflammation of the surrounding tissue.
The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are currently offering free and confidential case reviews to individuals who experienced injuries stemming from the recalled Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems.
Stryker Broadspire Claims
You may have recently received a Stryker letter from a doctor informing you that Broadspire Services, Inc. had been retained to handle claims for patient expenses related to the Stryker Rejuvenate recall. According to information on Stryker’s website, “Stryker will be reimbursing patients for testing, treatment, revision surgery, if necessary, and other costs relating to this voluntary recall.” Stryker has also directed doctors to inform their patients that Broadspire would be working directly with patients on their claims, and to contact Stryker for more information. You should keep in mind that any information you disclose during the Stryker Broadspire claims process, or to a Broadspire representative, could later be used as evidence in your Stryker hip recall lawsuit. For that reason, you may want to speak with a lawyer before you contact Broadspire, and especially before you agree to or sign anything.
Our Lawyers Believe This Stryker Hip Recall Further Illustrates Dangers Of Metal-On-Metal Hip Implants
This latest hip recall further supports calls that metal-on-metal hip implants pose unsafe risks to patients. In August 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, issued a voluntary worldwide recall of its ASR hip replacement devices after data revealed that the implants had excessively high failure rates. Approximately 93,000 people were affected by that recall. Additionally, since that time, there has been a flood of litigation over the recalled ASR hip replacements and other metal-on-metal hip systems. In the United States and abroad, there is growing concern among medical experts regarding the safety of all-metal artificial hip implant systems. Although the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems can be used as a component of either metal or ceramic hip implants, the products have a metal-on-metal modular junction, which can fret and corrode. Similar to the recalled ASR hip implants, the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems suffer from defects common in other metal-on-metal hip replacement systems. In June 2012, an advisory panel to the FDA convened to discuss the safety issues associated with metal-on-metal hip implants.