In July 2012 Stryker issued a voluntary recall of its popular Rejuvenate and ABG II hips following a stream of documented problems with the devices. For a hip prosthetic device that was intended to have a working life of 10-20 years, patients began experiencing high rates of complications and device failures that necessitated monitoring or a replacement of the device with a procedure known as a hip revision surgery.
The area of the hip that is believed to be responsible for this complication is known as the ‘modular neck joint’ commonly referred to the ball and socket joint where the components from the device meet. The actual connection of the artificial joint is composed of metal-on-metal parts that have the propensity to wear on one another during normal use causing bits of the metal components to wear of and become embedded in the surrounding tissue.
In the words of Stryker, the Rejuvenate and ABG IG hip systems have the “potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular neck junction, which may result in adverse local tissue reactions manifesting in pain and/or swelling.”
For many patients the pain associated with this device and the complications associated with the ‘fretting’ has necessitated a second --- and far more invasive surgical procedure knows as a hip revision surgery. While performing a hip revision surgery, the device is removed and replaced with a different type of artificial hip. Unfortunately, the removal of the original device is painful and has the potential for serious complications such as the fracture of the femur due to the design of the stems in the Stryker products.
As a result of these apparent design flaws, many people with these devices has initiated lawsuits against Stryker based on:
• Design flaws
• Failure to warn of complications
• Deceptive marketing
• Inadequate pre-market testing
• Negligence in design and manufacturing techniques
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is actively pursuing Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip defect cases and is moving forward with the prosecution of these cases. If you are the recipient of one of these devices we encourage you to speak to one of our Stryker hip recall attorneys now—even if you are not presently experiencing any symptoms—so we can discuss the most recent updates and your particular situation.
Our attorneys are committed to obtaining the most favorable recovery for each of our clients and we are prepared to litigate these cases for the long run. In anticipation of a protracted battle, our team has retained experts in the fields of: medical device design, FDA approval process, metal poisoning, rehabilitation and economics to ensure that our clients future needs are provided for.
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