October 28, 2013 — Stryker Corp. has reported that it may spend between $700 million and $1.13 billion to resolve Stryker hip implant lawsuits involving the Rejuvenate and ABG II. The products were recalled last year because they could corrode prematurely.
An estimated 20,000 Americans are implanted with the recalled hips. Hundreds of people who were injured have filed lawsuits against Stryker. The company has already offered to reimburse patients for “reasonable and customary” medical care, including revision surgeries.
The total cost of the settlements will depend on how many people are injured, how many lawsuits are filed, and the actual costs of patients who need treatment and/or revision surgery.
The Rejuvenate and ABG II were recalled in July 2012. Unlike traditional hip implants, which have a single piece of metal connecting the femoral stem and neck, the Rejuvenate and ABG II hips are designed with a modular-neck stem.
Manufacturers hoped this interchangeable neck component would allow orthopedic surgeons to custom-fit each hip to match each patient’s unique anatomy. Instead, it introduced a “metal-on-metal” junction that was prone to corrosion and fretting.
When metal hip implants corrode, they can release toxic particles of metal into a patient’s body. This can lead to severe complications, including:
- metallosis (toxic metal poisoning)
- systemic reactions from metal ions in bloodstream
- loosening of the hip implant
- premature failure of the hip implant
- need for revision surgery
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