Metal-on-metal hip implants produced by Stryker are surgically implanted in those who have lost functionality of their hip joint. Replacing an otherwise damaged joint with a Stryker hip implant, therefore, provides recipients with a means of regaining a wider range of movement that is absent of pain and discomfort. Of significant concern, however, are the recent associations that have been established between metal-on-metal hip implants and the development of catastrophic complications. As a result, Stryker Orthopaedics has recalled two of its hip implant models over concerns the devices are prone to “fretting and corrosion” that could trigger pain, swelling and other complications in patients
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Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Lawsuit Overview
For decades, the majority of orthopedic components were made from plastic or ceramic materials. However, the last 10 years have witnessed many surgeons began to favor those made of metallic components. According to laboratory tests, metal implants demonstrated an increased resistance to wear and tear, therefore reducing the chance of dislocation. Eventually, metal-on-metal hip replacement systems became the preferred method of corrective measures.
Metal-on-metal hip replacement systems, like Styker’s Rejuvenate Modular and ABGII modular-neck stem devices, consist of a series of metallic components to promote longevity and dexterity. Their soul purpose is to allow their recipient to regain the functionality in their hip that had recently been lost. In replacing compromised hip joints with that of a metal stem and socket, patients are rewarded with an increased mobility that had previously been unavailable without pain and suffering.
Unfortunately, however, Styker’s Rejuvenate Modular and ABGII modular-neck stem devices have become the subject of great concern. Recent evidence suggests that the metallic components are prone to “fretting and corrosion” that could trigger pain, swelling and other complications in patients. Furthermore, the wear and tear that ball and socket components generate may lead to significant deterioration over a seemingly short period of time. This degeneration has a tendency to create minute metal shavings that have the potential to cause significant damage to an individual. These metal pieces may result in the development of metallosis, a severe condition that has become synonymous with pain, swelling and the death of localized tissue.
Due to the rate and severity in which these complications occur, Stryker Orthopaedics initiated a voluntary recall of every Rejuvenate Modular and ABGII modular-neck stem on July 6, 2012. In addition to the current recall, the company has stopped global production of the devices. The company initiated the recall after post-market surveillance data showed that the fretting and corrosion risk “may be predictive of a trend,” according to a statement made by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“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,” said Stuart Simpson, Vice President and General Manager, Hip Reconstruction.
Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Safety Warning
Earlier this year, Stryker issued an Urgent Field Safety Notice corresponding with the safety and effectiveness of their Rejuvenate Modular and ABGII modular-neck stem devices. The notice was sent to orthopedic surgeons who have and plan on surgically implanting these devices. Included in the warning letter were the following potential hazards:
- Excessive metal debris and metal ions from corrosion
- Metallosis, metal poisoning, tissue damage, severe pain, and inflammation
- Allergic reaction in patients with metal sensitivity
- Bone loss due to metal particles
Symptoms of Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Failure
The following is a comprehensive list of the symptoms that are being evaluated in potential Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant lawsuits:
- Pain, tenderness at the joint
- Inflammation, swelling
- Decreased mobility, changes in gait or walking ability
- Metallosis (toxic metal poisoning)
- Corrosion of the hip implant
- Loosening of the hip joint
- Tissue damage, death
- Bone loss
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