Is my Stryker Hip Implant Safe?
According to a company press release in June 2012, Stryker Corporation recalled its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems due to "fretting and/or corrosion" in the implant which may lead to an "adverse local tissue reaction, as well as possible pain and/or swelling, in or around your hip."
Despite issuing the recall, Stryker has not accepted full legal responsibility for the alleged design defects and failure of its Rejuvenate and ABG II artificial hip implants.
Dr Shezad Malik, a Texas license physician and Mass Tort attorney represents hip replacement patients across United States in lawsuits against Stryker. We claim just compensation for clients pain, suffering, lost wages, and other losses from the failure of their Stryker hip implants.
Please contact Dr Shezad Malik at 214-390-3189 ext. 2 or 214-390-3189.What is the Problem With Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Implant Systems?
Stryker marketed heavily the Rejuvenate and ABG II systems as being the "next generation" and "latest evolution" in their hip replacement product lines and aimed at the younger and more active type of patient.
Most artificial hip implants consist of a one-piece neck, ball and stem and a cup. Stryker's Rejuvenate and ABG II systems included multiple neck and stem components that the surgeon could choose from.
The ABG II system had eight right stems, eight left stems, and ten modular necks, which were supposed to offer greater stability and minimal bone stress. The Rejuvenate hip, with six stems and sixteen necks, was marketed to younger patients who were promised longer-lasting devices that offered a better range of motion.Stryker Rejuvenate And ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Implant System
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.Stryker Hip Replacement Recall Because of Metallosis
According to experts there is a sustantial risk to patients from the release of metallic particles by all-metal or metal on metal hip implants.
Stryker's Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stem systems are not considered metal-on-metal devices, since they do not have a metal ball. But the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II necks are made of chromium and cobalt alloy, and the stems are coated with titanium, they do have a metal-on-metal junction and can release metallic debris into nearby tissue and the blood stream from the grinding action of the two articular joints.
In April 2012, Stryker issued an "Urgent Safety Alert" and the following problems can result:
- Metallosis: release of metal ions cobalt and chromium into the hip tissue and blood stream
- Necrosis: bone and muscle death
- Osteolysis: bone dissolution
- Pain and loosening of the hip implant requiring revision surgery
If you or a family member have experienced problems with a Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Primary Hip System and the AGB II Modular Hip System replacement implants, or have been told your implant should be replaced, please contact Dr Shezad Malik at 214-390-3189 ext. 2 or 214-390-3189.