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Lawsuits Mount Over Recalled Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant

Sep 12, 2012 | Parker Waichman LLP

People who believe their Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant device is defective and caused them to suffer serious and long-lasting injuries have begun to file lawsuits seeking compensation for their trouble.

According to a report from The Bergen (N.J.) Record, seven lawsuits were recently filed in New Jersey Superior Court representing Plaintiffs from Florida, Minnesota, and Arizona. Each person who filed a lawsuit claims they received their Rejuvenate hip implant between 2009 and 2011 and it did not take long for them to begin experiencing complications from it.

Stryker Corp. recalled Rejuvenate from the market this past July because its component parts were prone to corrosion and other problems that would likely put people at risk of serious injuries. 

The seven Plaintiffs in these lawsuits say their Rejuvenate hip implant fell out of place and caused serious infections that have required almost non-stop medical monitoring and revision surgeries that are both painful and costly. These lawsuits have joined one other already filed in that same courtroom. Since the Rejuvenate device was recalled from the market many believe more people will soon come forward with similar accusations against the New Jersey-based manufacturer. 

 In addition to the common defects caused by the Rejuvenate and other all-metal hip implants and hip implant components, Plaintiffs in these lawsuits say they also developed tumor-like growths and fluid collection at the site of their implants that also required surgery for correction.

 Though they were purportedly supposed to offer recipients peace of mind that their implants were safer and would last longer than traditional implants, Rejuvenate recipients soon discovered that they were linked to a higher rate of complications.

 Stryker issued a recall on these Rejuvenate implant components in July because they admitted the pieces included in the recall were prone to “fretting and corrosion” and were likely to cause pain and swelling at the site of the implant.

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