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. People who suffer from these severe side effects must undergo painful, expensive, and debilitating revision surgery to remove the device.
What You Can Do & How a Stryker ABG II Hip Implant Lawsuit Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Stryker ABG II hip implant induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by the Stryker ABG II hip implant,, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
UPDATE: Stryker Settles Rejuvenate, ABG II Lawsuits for $1 Billion
November 4, 2014 — Two years after recalling defective Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacements, Stryker Corp. has announced a $1 billion settlement in 4,000 lawsuits pending in state and federal court. Click here to read more.
May 27, 2014 — Stryker is facing five new lawsuits involving the Rejuvenate and ABG II in New Jersey. About 700 additional lawsuits are pending in federal court in Minnesota. Click here to read more.
October 28, 2013 — Stryker estimates that resolving the litigation involving the Rejuvenate and ABG II could cost up to $1.13 billion. Click here to read more.
July 23, 2013 — Stryker profits fall 32% after hip replacement recalls. Click here to read more.
June 14, 2013 — A federal panel of judges has decided to transfer 41 current Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II lawsuits into one centralized Multi-District Litigation (MDL). All future lawsuits will be transferred into this court. Click here to read more.
September 2012 — More than a dozen plaintiffs have already filed lawsuits against Stryker Orthopedics. Lawsuits continue to be filed by people who were injured by the Stryker ABG II or Rejuvenate hip implants. Click here to read more.
The Stryker ABG II is a modular-neck hip implant with an interchangeable neck. 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
After the device was approved by the FDA, Stryker began receiving numerous reports of severe corrosion at the metal-on-metal neck/stem joint on the ABG II. This prompted the company to voluntarily recall the device on July 4, 2012, citing problems with fretting and/or corrosion at this neck joint.
When the metal-on-metal parts of the device grind together, they shed tiny particles of chromium into nearby tissues. When these particles are absorbed by white blood cells, they are exposed to oxygen. They begin to oxidize and corrode, releasing charged ionic particles of cobalt. Cobalt ions are highly-soluble and genotoxic. They destroy cells and bones, causing severe pain, inflammation, bone loss, and other side effects. Cobalt ions can also leak into the bloodstream. It is unknown what long-term side effects these metal particles have on a person’s health.
Most people who suffer a severe ABG II hip implant side effect will require revision surgery to remove, replace, or repair the device. Because the defective part of the device is the stem, which is driven into the person’s femur, revision surgery is often very traumatic and painful.
Stryker Warns Doctors of the Risk
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
Symptoms of Stryker Hip Implant Failure
If you have suffered any of the following side effects from your Stryker ABG II hip implant, contact your orthopedic surgeon and The Schmidt Firm, PLLC immediately.
- Metallosis (metal poisoning)
- Cobalt poisoning
- Corrosion of the hip implant
- Chronic pain in the hip joint
- Inflammation, swelling
- Less walking ability, changes in gait
- Tissue damage or death (necrosis)
- Bone loss in the hip
If you suffered any of these injuries, contact our Stryker hip lawyers today. If you decide to file a Stryker ABG II hip implant lawsuit, you could be entitled to significant financial compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, disability, decreased quality of life, and more.
Do I have a Stryker ABG II Hip Implant Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Stryker ABG II hip implant induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by a defective hip implant, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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