Due to the risk of corrosion and/or fretting, Stryker is recalling the ABG II hip implant. This device is a modular-neck hip implant with a metal-on-metal neck joint that can shed toxic metal nano-particles into the body, causing pain, swelling, metallosis (metal poisoning), pseudotumors, and more.
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UPDATE: Stryker Settles Rejuvenate, ABG II Lawsuits for $1 Billion
November 4, 2014 — Two years after recalling defective Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacements, Stryker Corp. has announced a $1 billion settlement in 4,000 lawsuits pending in state and federal court. Click here to read more.
May 27, 2014 — Stryker is facing five new lawsuits involving the Rejuvenate and ABG II in New Jersey. About 700 additional lawsuits are pending in federal court in Minnesota. Click here to read more.
October 28, 2013 — Stryker estimates that resolving the litigation involving the Rejuvenate and ABG II could cost up to $1.13 billion. Click here to read more.
July 23, 2013 — Stryker profits fall 32% after hip replacement recalls. Click here to read more.
June 14, 2013 — A federal panel of judges has decided to transfer 41 current Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II lawsuits into one centralized Multi-District Litigation (MDL). All future lawsuits will be transferred into this court. Click here to read more.
September 2012 — More than a dozen plaintiffs have already filed lawsuits against Stryker Orthopedics. Lawsuits continue to be filed by people who were injured by the Stryker ABG II or Rejuvenate hip implants. Click here to read more.
The Stryker ABG II modular-neck stem is a new type of hip implant. It has a unique metal-on-metal neck/stem joint, unlike other hip implants, which have a solid neck. The manufacturers designed it this way to help an orthopedic surgeon better fit the device to a patient.
The Stryker ABG II (and many other problematic metal-on-metal hip implants) were approved under the FDA’s 510(k) fast-track approval process. This allows manufacturers to receive FDA approval for new devices that are “substantially similar” to existing devices, but they do not need to conduct or submit any long-term safety studies of their device. In some cases, experts do not realize there are defects with the devices until they have been implanted in thousands of people.
Stryker ABG II Hip Implant Recall
Unfortunately, just a few years after the FDA approved the ABG II and the Stryker’s Rejuvenate hip implant, they began receiving numerous reports from people whose devices failed prematurely. When Stryker investigated these cases, they found unusually high rates of corrosion and/or fretting associated with the devices.
On July 4, 2012, Stryker officially recalled the ABG II modular-neck stem. The problem with the device is that the metal-on-metal parts of the neck/stem joint can scrape together, releasing tiny particles of chromium. When white blood cells absorb these particles, they are exposed to oxygen, which causes the particles the oxidize and corrode. As the chromium corrodes, it releases charged cobalt ions into the body. Experts have known the dangers of cobalt for decades. It is highly soluble and genotoxic, which means that it destroys the cells it contacts and causes inflammation. It can also get into the bloodstream and cause life-threatening metal poisoning.
Pain and swelling are the most common side effects of a defective ABG II hip implant. People who suffer these side effects may need to have a surgery to remove, replace, or fix the defective ABG II hip implant. Unfortunately, revision surgery has its own risks. Because the ABG II is driven into the patient’s femur, surgery may be traumatic. Femur fractures can occur when the device is being replaced.
Stryker Warns Doctors of ABG II Risks
Before Stryker issued an official U.S. recall, they warned orthopedic surgeons of the risks of the ABG II in an Urgent Field Safety Notice, sent in May 2012. This notice warned doctors about the following side effects:
- Fretting and/or corrosion, which could release metal nano-particles into the body
- Pain, inflammation, tissue damage/death (necrosis), swelling
- Some patients with metal allergies could suffer allergic reactions
- Osteolyis (a type of bone loss that occurs when bones dissolve)
Symptoms of Stryker ABG II Hip Implant Failure
The Stryker ABG II hip implant has been associated with the following severe side effects:
- Metallosis (metal poisoning)
- Cobalt poisoning
- Pain in the hip joint, which may be chronic and severe
- Changes in gait, decreased walking ability
- Tissue damage
- Bone loss
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