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Stryker Hip Implant Recalls, Stryker Hip Replacement Lawyers

Written by lisaspitzer on . Posted in Depuy Hip Replacement Blog

Hip replacement lawyers are accepting clients for the The Stryker ABG II modular-neck stem used for total hip replacement surgery and
The Stryker Rejuvinate modular-neck stem hip implant. Stryker recalled both of these products on July 4, 2012 because the metal of the neck and stem can corrode, releasing toxic metal ions that can damage tissue and bones around the hip implant.  This can cause severe pain, inflammation, metal poisoning (metallosis from chromium and cobalt), tissue death (necrosis), bone damage, pseudotumers, gait issues, and other serious problems. Revision surgery (to remove and replace the recalled Stryker hip product) may be required.

Hip Replacement Lawyers and the DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline has launched a special division and helpline for victims of a failed Stryker hip implant.

Styker Orthopaedics has announced a recall of the ABG II modular-neck stem hip implant. Metal-on-metal parts of the device can corrode, shed toxic nano-particles into the body, and cause severe pain, inflammation, metal poisoning (metallosis), pseudotumors, and more
What You Can Do & How a Stryker ABG II Hip Implant Lawsuit Can Help

The Stryker ABG II modular-neck stem

The Stryker ABG II modular-neck stem is a new type of multi-piece hip replacement system. When it was approved, the company claimed that its many interchangeable parts made it ideal for matching each patient’s unique biomechanics.
Although the Stryker ABG II is technically a plastic-on-ceramic hip implant, the device has a unique neck/stem junction that is a metal-on-metal design. Like other metal-on-metal hip implants (including the DePuy ASR, which was recalled in 2010), the Stryker ABG II was fast-tracked through the FDA’s approval process via the 510(k) system. The FDA allows manufacturers to avoid conducting long-term safety studies of new devices so long as they are “substantially similar” to existing devices
Stryker ABG II Recall

Stryker first warned orthopedic surgeons about the risks of the ABG II hip implant in an Urgent Field Safety Notice that was sent in May 2012. The warning advised doctors to be aware of the following severe side effects associated with the ABG II hip implant:

  •     Excessive corrosion at the neck joint, which could shed toxic nano-particles into the patient’s body
  •     Pain, inflammation, tissue damage, and swelling caused by toxic metal nano-particles
  •     Allergic reaction, especially in patients with metal sensitivity
  •     Osteolysis (dissolving bone loss) caused by metal nano-particles

Complications

  •     Chronic pain in the hip joint
  •     Inflammation, swelling
  •     Less walking ability, changes in gait
  •     Metallosis (metal poisoning)
  •     Corrosion of the hip implant
  •     Tissue damage or death (necrosis)
  •     Bone loss in the hip
  •     Pseudotumors

The Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant

Stryker Rejuvenate Recall
In July 2012, Stryker voluntarily recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems from the market. The products were recalled due to reports of fretting and corrosion. According to some reports, the FDA received two adverse events linked to the recalled devices, including one in which the device was removed.

On May 28, 2012, Health Canada announced that Stryker Rejuvenate was being recalled so the instructions for use could be updated. The recall affected only Rejuvenate devices sold in Canada and was based on a reported rate of less than one percent for revisions associated with the Rejuvenate. So far, no such Stryker recall has been announced in the US.

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