On July 6, 2012, Stryker Orthopaedics issued a recall for its Stryker Orthopaedics Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular Hip System Implants. The Stryker recall resulted from the devices corroding at the modular-neck joint and releasing metal particles within the body. As the body attempts to fight the foreign metal material, a medical condition known as metallosis can occur, resulting in permanent muscle and bone destruction.
Patients with the recalled Stryker hip implants should consult an orthopedic surgeon to determine if they have any of the following complications:
- Loosening or dislocation of the hip joint
- Inflammation of tissue and possible tissue death
- Wear and corrosion at the hip implant modular neck junction, resulting in the release of metal particles
- Osteolysis, which is active bone resorption resulting from the body attempting to deal with loose particles from the hip implant
- Build-up of metal debris in the soft tissues (aka as metallosis)
Stryker Hip Implant Symptoms
Some of the symptoms that can show when a Stryker hip implant begins to fail include:
- Bone deterioration
- Bone fractures
- Cobalt and chromium poisoning
- Immobility or instability
- Popping sounds
- Significant and chronic pain
Stryker Hip Recall Settlement
On November 3, 2014, Stryker announced a settlement program (estimated at $1.4 billion) for those who had a recalled hip implant and who had revision surgery prior to November 3, 2014. For most of the injured the minimum recovery will be $300,000. The settlement does not prevent persons with recalled Stryker hip implants from pursuing individual litigation if they do not wish to settle or if they have not yet had a revision surgery.
Stryker Hip Revision Surgery
Revision surgery to replace a defective or failing hip implant can be difficult and painful to the patient. The user-customizable design of the Rejuvenate and ABGII hip systems can further complicate a revision surgery. Because the recalled Stryker hip implant devices conform to each patient’s body individually, this can mean a prolonged recovery and decreased mobility after a revision surgery on the hip.
Stryker wants my defective Hip implant what should I do?
Our position is firmly that you need to retain your removed Stryker implant with an authorized medical device retrieval doctor per an agreed protocol. We recommend a company that specifically works with surgeons and hospitals in having the implant preserved for subsequent testing and/or failure analysis. This really is a critical decision because the hardware that is removed will become evidence in your claim against Stryker.
Why Should You File A Stryker Hip Recall Lawsuit?
You are entitled to rights as a consumer, and these rights include holding companies responsible for their defective products. Even if you currently aren’t experiencing any symptoms, health complications associated with the recalled device could arise in the future.
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If you have one of the recalled Stryker hip implants, then you have the right to bring a lawsuit. We would be pleased to be your advocate in holding Stryker Orhtopaedics responsible for their negligence, and to help you receive the compensation deserved! Call us toll free 800-277-1193 or complete our FREE Confidential Consultation Form.