Stryker Corp made the decision to begin recalling it’s hip implants in June 2012 after numerous reports of complications led to an outcry. The first federal lawsuit regarding the implant was filed in March 2013. Think you or a loved one could be affected? Here’s what you need to know about the stryker rejuvenate hip implant recall.
Stryker is a company that makes a number of devices used in the medical field, including other types of implants, medical/surgical tools and even hospital beds. The company’s net worth as a result of marketing it’s more than 57,000 products worldwide is estimated at over 20 billion dollars. Though made of metal, the Stryker Rejuvenate implant is not a traditional metal-on-metal type of implant, which is now recognized as carrying serious risks. Unfortunately the Stryker, with it’s modular peices, appears to have the same problems as other all-metal devices including the more traditional ball in socket models it was intended to replace. The most troubling concern is that over time metal from the device, due to corrosion or other factors, is apparently able to break down and find it’s way into the patient’s bloodstream where it builds up. Elevated levels of metal in the blood can go undetected for years while wreaking havoc on soft tissues, bones, and organs.
A voluntary recall of the device was announced by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 7, 2012. The FDA’s recall announcement also encouraged patients who had the implants to contact their surgeons:
“While modular-neck stems provide surgeons with an option to correct certain aspects of a patient’s anatomy and hip biomechanics, given the potential risks associated with fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction, Stryker Orthopaedics decided to take this voluntary action,” said Stuart Simpson, Vice President and General Manager, Hip Reconstruction. … Patients who received a Rejuvenate Modular or ABG II modular-neck stem are encouraged to contact their surgeon. Patients uncertain if they have one of these products implanted should contact their surgeon or consult their medical records.”
If you’ve been harmed by a Stryker hip implant, contact the Levensten Law Firm to learn how to protect your rights to compensation.