Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant
Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implants Recalled Because Metal Pieces are Released into Patients’ Bodies
Two hip implants made by Stryker Orthopaedics have led a rising number of lawsuits. These hip devices, the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II, were recalled because they can lead to fretting and corrosion, a problem that is common to metal-on-metal hip implants. People who have been implanted with these hip systems might have grounds for a lawsuit.
Stryker Hip Implants have Same Problems as Metal-on-Metal
A metal-on-metal hip implant is a class of hip implant that has two or more metal components rubbing together. All-metal hips are a major issue in the orthopedic community because they tend to fail earlier than other types of hips, forcing the patient to undergo another surgery, called revision surgery. The problem with metal-on-metal hips is that when the metal parts rub together, metal particles rub off the implant and get absorbed into the body, leading to tissue damage and other injuries. The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II are not technically metal-on-metal hip implants, but they have components that have a metal-on-metal interaction; not surprisingly, they also have the same problem. Complications associated with metal-on-metal hip implants include:
- Tissue death (necrosis)
- Bone damage
- Limited mobility, difficulty walking
- Metallosis, metal poisoning
Stryker Orthopaedics recalled the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems in July 2012 because some patients who had these implants experienced “fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular-neck junction, which may result in adverse local tissue reactions.” In other words, there is metal rubbing against metal at the modular-neck junction, causing debris to be released; this debris can cause the tissue nearby to become inflamed and lead to other health problems. Patients implanted with these devices should speak with their doctors if they experience pain or swelling, the company said.
If you or a loved one suffered from metallosis, corrosion or other complications after being implanted with the Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II, our lawyers would like to speak with you. To learn about your legal rights and how our personal injury and product liability lawyers can help you, please fill out our online form, or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) to discuss your case with one of our experienced attorneys.