Many companies that manufacture modular hip replacements have been under fire by consumers for making and promoting hip replacements that are prone to failure and other serious side effects. The manufacturer of Stryker® Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants has been the target of over 700 lawsuits since 2013. Our firm, The Williams Litigation Group, is currently handling these cases.
Stryker® Rejuvenate and ABG II modular hip implants were introduced to the market in 2009 after receiving FDA approval through the 510(k) approval process. Between 2009 and 2012, an estimated 20,000 patients received Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implants.
How are they different from traditional hip implants?
Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants differ from metal‐on‐metal hip implants. Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants use a ceramic cup as opposed to the metal‐on‐metal ball and cup design which has plagued other hip implants. Due to the ceramic cup, Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II modular hip implants were originally believed to be immune from the defects caused by the metal‐on‐metal wear. Unfortunately, Rejuvenate and ABG II implant metal neck piece can rub against the metal stem causing the release of metal debris and implant fretting, galvanization, and corrosion.
What kind of problems or side effects can they cause?
Patients have experienced a host of problems from the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implant corrosion and fretting. Soft tissue damage and destruction are common, as are increased levels of chromium, cobalt and titanium, which can lead to metallosis. Metallosis, the adverse reaction to heavy metals in the body, can result in pain, limited mobility, failure of the hip joint, pseudo‐tumors, and dissolution of the bone. Revision surgery is often required.
Stryker’s notice to patients and recall:
In April 2012, Stryker issued an Urgent Field Safety Notice to surgeons and hospitals, acknowledging it had received reports of device failure. This notice specifically referred to failures of the taper neck junction between the neck and stem due to corrosion and fretting and complications including tissue necrosis, metallosis, adverse soft tissue reaction, and pseudotumor formation.
Stryker initiated a voluntary recall of the Rejuvenate Modular and the ABG II modular hip stems in June 2012. Stryker reported that the recall was due to the risks associated with the modular neck stems, including fretting and corrosion of the neck junction, adverse tissue reaction, and pain or swelling of the hip.
Do you or a loved one have a Stryker hip implant?
If so, and you are experiencing pain or weakness, please call us or fill out the below Contact Form for a free consultation. You may be entitled to compensation.
Nathan T. Williams
Williams Litigation Group, P.C.