Stryker Orthopaedics has recalled its Rejuvenate hip implant due to the risk of metal fretting and/or corrosion at the metal-on-metal neck joint. When the metal parts of this modular-neck hip implant grind together, nano-particles of chromium and charged cobalt ions leak into the body, causing severe pain, inflammation, metal poisoning, pseudotumors, and more.
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UPDATE: After $1 Billion Settlement, Stryker Hip Lawsuits Continue to be Filed
February 16, 2015 — Stryker Orthopedics is facing a growing number of lawsuits as more people experience failure of the defective Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants. Click here to read more.
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 Rejuvenate Modular Primary Hip System is a new type of hip replacement. The “ball and socket” part of this device is a plastic-on-ceramic design. However, the neck/stem junction is a metal-on-metal design — unlike most other hip implants, which have one solid neck and stem.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant in 2008. Similar to other problematic metal-on-metal hip implants, the Rejuvenate device was approved via the FDA’s 510(k) fast-track process. This allows “substantially similar” devices to be approved without requiring the manufacturers to conduct long-term safety studies.
Despite the lack of long-term safety data, Stryker sold the device touting the long-term benefits of its unique design. Because of its modular neck and the large number of interchangeable parts, Stryker claimed that orthopedic surgeons could better fit the device to match a patient’s individual biomechanics.
Stryker Rejuvenate Recall
Are you affected by the Stryker Rejuvenate recall? If so, you are not alone.
On July 4, 2012, Stryker Orthopaedics announced that they were recalling the Stryker Rejuvenate Modular hip implant due to the high rate of fretting and/or corrosion at the modular neck joint (a metal-on-metal design). The metal parts can grind together, shed tiny particles of chromium into the body, which corrode and release genotoxic cobalt ions into the body. These toxic metal nano-particles can cause severe pain, inflammation, catastrophic pseudotumors, and other serious side effects.
Even more troubling, patients who suffer these side effects may require a painful, expensive, debilitating revision surgery. The defective part of the Stryker Rejuvenate is the femoral stem, which is driven into the femur. Removing this part of the hip implant can be very traumatic. There is also a risk of femur fracture.
Stryker Warns Doctors of Risks
Before Stryker issued an official recall of the Rejuvenate hip implant, they sent an Urgent Field Safety Notice to doctors in May 2012. In this notice, Stryker warned that the hip implant could cause the following severe side effects:
- Excessive corrosion of the device at the neck junction, which can shed metal nano-particles and ions into the body
- Tissue damage/death, pain, inflammation, or swelling due to metal nano-particles irritating the body
- Some patients may suffer severe allergic reaction, especially those with a pre-existing metal allergy
- Bone loss (osteolysis) caused by toxic metal particles
Symptoms of Stryker Hip Implant Failure
- 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
If you were implanted with the Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement and you are suffering severe side effects, you are not alone. Many people have required revision surgery to repair, remove, or replace this device. Fortunately, our Stryker hip lawyers can help. If you decide to file a Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant lawsuit, you could be entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering, medical expenses, debilitation, and more.
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