In June of 2012, Stryker recalled its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Modular-neck hip stems due to fretting and/or corrosion of the hip implant, which can lead to an adverse tissue reaction and/or pain and swelling around the hip area.
Removal of the defective device requires invasive surgery, which can leave you with more devastating tissue injuries, as well as bone fractures and a long recovery.
Most artificial hip implants consist of a one-piece neck and stem, and a cup. Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II systems included multiple neck and stem components that the surgeon could choose from.
Stryker began selling the Rejuvenate hip system in 2009 and the ABG II hip system in 2010. Stryker conducted no clinical testing on the safety and effectiveness of either set of devices in hip replacement patients prior to introducing the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip systems to the market through the 510(k) pre-market approval process.
Because the Styker systems are made of chromium and cobalt, and the stems are coated with titanium, the implants have a metal-on-metal junction and can release corrosive metal debris into surrounding tissues and into the bloodstream.
In April 2012, Stryker issued an “Urgent Safety Alert” to surgeons for the two hip replacement systems. The alert listed “excessive metal debris and/or ion generation” as one of the safety risks to patients. According to Stryker’s Safety Alert, the following problems can result:
Patients nationwide have suffered the injuries of metallosis and tissue damage, and have had to undergo often painful and complicated revision surgery to remove and replace faulty Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implants.
If you suffered injuries from implant and/or removal of a defective Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip replacement implant, or have been told that your implant should be replaced, you can call experienced medical device attorneys the Rieders Travis Firm to handle your claim. The Rieders Travis Firm has handled numerous medical device litigation, including other hip recall litigation involving the DePuy ASR hip replacement system which is also ongoing.
There are two ongoing coordinated legal proceedings that are ongoing that may allow for persons injured by the Styker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular hip implants to recover for their devastating injuries from the implant itself and from corrective surgery to remove the implant.
A multi-county litigation is ongoing in state court in Bergen County, New Jersey, while a multi-district litigation (MDL) is also proceeding in federal court in Minnesota.
If you are one of the 20,000 patients in the United States who had one of these devices implanted, contact the Rieders Travis law firm to determine your legal rights and obtain justice against the manufacturer of the defective devices. You will need to provide us with the right to obtain your medical records to determine if you have a case and the potential for compensation available.
Call Cliff Rieders, Esquire, of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann, (570) 323-8711, to see whether your claim would be appropriate for filing or in combination with one of the legal cases already filed.