The Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Hip System and the Stryker ABG II Modular Neck were voluntarily recalled by Stryker Orthopaedics in July 2012 because of potential risks to implant recipients. Unfortunately, many Americans have already been implanted with this modular hip replacement system, and some have experienced debilitating pain or even hip implant revision surgery because of design flaws in this potentially defective medical device.
If you or a loved one has suffered because of a faulty Stryker hip implant, you may be entitled to substantial compensation in a medical product liability lawsuit. The lawyers at Bernheim Dolinsky Kelley are standing by and ready to educate you about your rights
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The Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Hip moved quickly through the FDA approval process in 2009 because it is similar in design to a device that was already approved, the Stryker Modular Hip, which was released in 2007. Since this approval, the original device has earned a reputation for serious design flaws and hip implant failure.
The modular design of the Stryker Rejuvenate hip allows surgeons to customize leg length, neck version, and femoral offset so that the implant fits the patient’s body correctly. While this design does present a number of patient advantages, it also presents a higher potential for neck-body dissociation and corrosion, causing the release of metal deposits into the patient’s body. These metal particles can trigger an immunological response called metallosis, which can cause damage to the patient’s entire body.
In recent years, metal-on-metal hip replacements have come under scrutiny because their design lends itself to early implant failure and subsequent revision surgery. Many doctors and patients felt that the Stryker hip was safer, because this implant is made from ceramic as well as metal. Unfortunately, Stryker hips also come with problems that pose serious risks to implant recipients.
Potential signs of hip implant failure include:
The July 2012 recall of the Stryker Rejuvenate hip follows a Health Canada recall in May 2012 and an urgent safety alert issued by Stryker in April 2012 to warn doctors and patients of serious health problems linked to the device.
In April 2012, Stryker issued an Urgent Field Safety Notice for Corrective Action regarding its Rejuvenate Modular Stems and Necks. In this notice, Stryker indicates that there is a possibility that patients could develop metallosis from the Rejuvenate Modular Hip Implant System. According to Stryker, metallosis could lead to serious injuries and severe pain. Injuries Stryker mentions in association with metallosis from their hips include allergic reactions, bone damage, tissue damage and death, immunological problems, and high levels of cobalt in the blood.
Stryker posted a national recall of the Rejuvenate and ADM hip implant systems on July 4, 2102. In this notice, Stryker states that the recall was made in response to reports of potential risks linked to the modular neck systems in the implants. According to Stryker, potential risks include “fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular-neck junction, which may result in adverse local tissue reactions manifesting with pain and/or swelling.” The Stryker Rejuvenate Hip System was recalled in Canada in May 2012.
Makers of medical devices have the responsibility to design safe products and to warn consumers and their doctors of any potential risks associated with their products. In hip implant lawsuits, plaintiffs allege that Stryker was negligent in these duties. By filing a Stryker hip lawsuit, victims may be able to recover compensation for their financial and emotional damages, including lost wages, costly medical care, and pain and suffering.
Medical device manufacturers have top-notch lawyers on their side. If you are considering filing a Stryker hip lawsuit, you need the support of an attorney who has the experience and resources necessary to level the playing field. The lawyers at Bernheim Dolinsky Kelley have spent years defending the rights of victims of dangerous medical devices, and we can help you pursue the full compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you love has suffered severe pain or even hip implant revision surgery after being implanted with a Stryker hip, you may be entitled to compensation in a defective medical device lawsuit. At Bernheim Dolinsky Kelley, our medical product liability attorneys are highly experienced in medical device litigation, and we have an impressive record of success to prove it. To learn more about your rights in a free and confidential legal consultation, please contact us today.
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