New Jersey Stryker Rejuvenate Recall Lawyers
Patients who have undergone total hip replacement surgery and were implanted with the Stryker Rejuvenate or the Stryker ABG II modular-neck hip systems may be eligible to receive compensation for injuries caused by the implant through a Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuit. Although the Rejuvenate was only recently placed in the market, Stryker has already implemented a voluntary Stryker Rejuvenate recall involving both the Rejuvenate and the ABG II systems.
According to the Stryker Orthopedics website, the voluntary recall was initiated due to the “potential risks associated with modular-neck stems” which can lead to pain, swelling, tissue reactions, metallosis and premature hip implant failure. A Stryker Rejuvenate Attorney who is familiar with the the risks associated with these metal-on-metal hip implants can help you discuss your options and legal rights.
Metal Poisoning Leads to Stryker Hip Recall
An FDA advisory panel convened a two-day meeting on June 27–28, 2012, to discuss safety issues surrounding metal-on-metal implants. These implants, instead of matching a metal ball with a ceramic or plastic socket, use all metal components. They were originally thought to be superior because they would last longer and require less future revisions, but post-marketing reports indicated they were subject to frequent complications, including metal poisoning resulting from the metal components rubbing against one another and shedding particles of cobalt and chromium into the surrounding tissues and bloodstream. Many patients implanted with recalled hip implants have tested positive for excessive levels of cobalt and chromium in their bloodstream, the side-effects of which are still unknown.
The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II systems were not originally labeled as metal-on-metal systems, because they contain a ceramic component and do not pair a metal ball with a metal socket. They do, however, offer a so-called “update” in the femoral stem. Instead of a one-piece, fixed stem and neck, such as that used by other implants, the neck and stem are two different components. This was intended to provide surgeons with more options in fitting patients, with mix-and-match necks and stems, but again, post-marketing reports show that in some cases, the neck and stem wear against one another, releasing metallic debris into the body.
Stryker Rejuvenate Lawsuits
Metal debris can cause numerous problems that can shorten the life of the implant. These include significant pain, tissue damage and death, bone damage and bone loss, and pockets of swelling called “pseudotumors.” All of these can affect the fit of the implant, and lead to premature loosening, shifting, and eventual implant failure. Patients suffering these complications often have to go through revision surgery to have the implant replaced.
The FDA has reportedly received more than 60 adverse event reports concerning problems with the Stryker modular-neck systems, and that number is continues to increase. As these devices have been on the market only a short time, it is expected that more patients will be coming forward with problems in the coming months, which may also increase the number of plaintiffs filing a Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuit.
Stryker Hip Recall Law Firm
If you or someone you love has experienced problems with a Stryker hip implant system, contact our Stryker Hip Recall Attorneys to find out if you qualify to file a lawsuit. Our hip implant attorneys are equipped to handle cases involving all types of defective hip replacement systems, not just those manufactured by Stryker.
We are also investigating lawsuits on behalf of patients who have been harmed by defective hip implants made by DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., Zimmer, Biomet and Wright Medical. To find out if you qualify to seek compensation for your injuries, please contact us today.
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