Stryker Hip Implant Recall
Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA had been investigating the defects and dangers of Stryker’s “Rejuvenate Modular Primary Hip System” even long before the FDA issued a recall. Years of experience representing clients who have suffered injuries from metal-on-metal hip implants has provided our firm with a dominant understanding of these defective hip implant complications and the skills needed to litigate an effective Stryker lawsuit. Our team of attorneys and legal professionals are aware of the regulatory history of these devices. In an effort to serve our clients’ best interests, we regularly research and consult with professionals to keep abreast of the health consequences of metallosis, implant failure and other complications associated with Stryker hip implants.
Our lawyers are currently representing Rejuvenate and ABG II victims across 15 states. If you have been injured by the Stryker Rejuvenate System or the ABG II, contact an attorney at Searcy Denney today. It is our mission to get you the compensation you deserve.
Who Received Stryker Hip Implants?
The Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Primary Hip System is specially designed so that surgeons can customize the implant to fit any patient’s unique anatomy. It is comprised of a femoral stem and neck component that come in a variety of sizes. The neck is made of heavy metal cobalt and chromium. The stem features a titanium coating. These device features allow surgeons to independently prepare the implant to meet the appropriate leg length, neck version and femoral offset of any patient.
The Stryker Rejuvenate System and the ABG II are hip implants employed to correct hip joint failure due to:
- Non-inflammatory degenerative joint disease such as osteoarthritis and avascular necrosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Correction of a functional deformity
- Revision implants for prior failed hip replacements
- Treating nonunion, femoral neck and trochanteric fractures of the proximal femur
What Types of Injuries are Associated with Stryker Hip Implants?
Stryker hip implants have been associated with a number of serious injuries, most of which are related to the corrosion or fretting at the junction of the neck and stem. The corrosion releases toxic metallic ions into the bone and tissue surrounding the hip. If undetected, the heavy metal ions can invade the bloodstream, causing systemic heavy metal toxicity.Heavy metal toxicity has been linked to tissue death, bone death and organ failure.
Stryker hip implants have also led patients to suffer a wide range of adverse reactions, including:
- Osteolysis (bone dissolution)
- Fluid in the joint
- Synovitis (inflammation of the synovial membrane)
- Tissue necrosis
- Bone necrosis
- Hypersensitivity to metal
The only way to effectively treat the Stryker hip implant failure is to remove the device. However, hip removal surgery poses very serious risks, such as:
- Bone fracture
- Increased risk of hip dislocation
- Differing leg lengths
- Extra rehabilitation
What Do I Need to Know About the Stryker Hip Implant Recall?
The Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Hip was submitted to the FDA for approval on April 4, 2008. It was approved on June 3, 2008 under a special provision that allows manufacturers to bypass the pre-market clinical safety testing requirement if they can demonstrate that their product is substantially similar to another product that has been previously approved. In Stryker’s case, the Rejuvenate hip implant was approved without pre-market testing because it was substantially similar to another hip replacement device that already existed on the market.
Patients who received the Stryker Rejuvenate and AGB II hip implants complained of serious injuries that mirrored the complaints from patients who had received similar metal-on-metal hip implants.
In April 2012, Stryker issued an Urgent Field Safety Notice for Corrective Action for the Rejuvenate Modular Stems and Necks. In this safety notice, Stryker announced that it updated the instructions for use of the Rejuvenate Modular Hip System and the ABG II Modular Hip System due to the potential for corrosion around the modular neck junction.
In June 2012, Stryker Orthopaedics conducted a voluntary hip implant recall of the Stryker Modular Primary Hip System due to the risks associated with the fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction.
What Can I Do if I Have a Defective Hip Implant?
If you have suffered from metal poisoning or other injuries from a defective hip implant, talk to your surgeon now. Even if you were told that you did not receive a Stryker Rejuvenate or AGB II hip implant, it is possible that you received one of the device’s components. To find out exactly which components you received, ask to see the product identification stickers that are attached to your chart. Many patients have been surprised to learn they did receive the Rejuvenate neck and stem components.
Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA has been representing clients across the U.S., filing lawsuits on behalf of those who have been seriously injured by the Stryker Rejuvenate and AGB II hip implants. Our firm initiated investigations into the hip implant injuries before Stryker issued a voluntary recall of its products. Our attorneys had handled many metal-on-metal implant cases, and began seeing distinct similarities in injuries of patients who had received Stryker hip implants. Through extensive research, we discovered that patients were experiencing metal poisoning and other problems from the Stryker hip replacements, even though they were not of the metal-on-metal design.
To learn more about filing a Stryker hip replacement lawsuit, contact an attorney at Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA today for a consultation. You will pay nothing unless we win your case.