Medical device manufacturer Stryker Orthopaedics has recalled two components used in its hip implants amid increasing reports of these defective products corroding and fretting, causing metallic debris to shed and contributing to pain, swelling and tissue damage.
The recall affects the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems, which are metal devices used in the surgical placement of artificial hips. If you received a Stryker hip implant, you should contact your surgeon to discuss precautionary measures. If you suffered harm as a result of a faulty artificial hip or hip implant component, the Mobile, Alabama, product liability attorneys at Long & Long may be able to help your pursue financial compensation for your damages.
Problems with Stryker Hip Implant Stems
The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II are modular-neck stems that attach to artificial hips and were designed to allow surgeons the ability to correct certain anatomical and biomechanical conditions.
Between Jan. 1, 2012, and the July 2012 recall, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received at least 45 reports linking the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems to pain and tissue swelling. Stryker acknowledged potential health risks associated with metal corroding or fretting at the junction of the modular neck as the reason for the recall.
Dangers of Metal Artificial Hips and Hip Implant Components
The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II recall is the latest in a line of problems plaguing all-metal artificial hips and metal hip implant components.
In 2010, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy recalled its ASR and ASR XL hip implant systems due to a high early failure rate. The DePuy Pinnacle hip implant is also facing complaints of high premature failure rates and the shedding of metallic particles.
Some of the side-effects of all-metal artificial hips and hip implant parts are thought to be caused by metallic debris, which can scrape off with normal use and lodge in the tissue or be absorbed by the bloodstream. According to the FDA, one of the Stryker complaints stemmed from a patient who had an ABG II surgically removed because of pain and an allergy to cobalt-chrome, an alloy commonly used in orthopedic devices; metals like chromium and cobalt can be toxic when absorbed by the body in significant quantities.
If you received a Stryker artificial hip with the Rejuvenate or ABG II components, or if you experienced complications from a DePuy ASR or Pinnacle hip implant system, please contact the hip implant recall lawyers at Long & Long online or by phone at (251) 432-2277 for your free case consultation. Our Mobile, Alabama, product liability attorneys are ready to listen to your story and advise you on your legal options.