Plaintiffs allege that the company failed to warn that certain combinations of hip implant components can corrode and cause severe metal toxicity in patients.
Most lawsuits have been centralized in federal court in a Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2441) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, where they are overseen by Judge Donovan Frank. Out of 714 lawsuits filed in this litigation, 699 remain pending.
The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II were recalled in June 2012. According to Stryker:
“This voluntary recall was initiated due to potential risks associated with modular-neck stems. These risks include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular-neck junction, which may result in adverse local tissue reaction, as well as possible pain and/or swelling, in or around your hip.”
Although the modular-neck stem was supposed to provide patients with a better-fitting implant, it actually creates a metal-on-metal component with unique risks. Particles of chromium and cobalt can accumulate around the hip joint and cause metallosis (metal poisoning). When this occurs, patients are at risk of developing severe pain, inflammation, loosening of the hip implant, and systemic reactions in other areas of the body.
Over 10,000 lawsuits have been filed against several manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants. Over $2.5 billion in settlements have been approved for victims.
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