The Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant is a type of modular-neck hip implant that was recalled due to high rates of metal fretting and/or corrosion at the neck joint. Toxic metal particles of chromium and cobalt can seep into nearby tissues, causing severe pain, inflammation, tissue damage, pseudo-tumors, bone loss, and metal poisoning.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Stryker Rejuvenate 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 us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
UPDATE: Lawsuits Continue to be Filed
February 16, 2015 — Stryker Orthopedics is facing a growing number of lawsuits as more people experience failure of the defective Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants. Click here to read more.
Stryker Settles 4,000 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 federal court. Click here to read more.
The Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Primary Hip System is a multi-piece hip replacement that has a ceramic-on-plastic design. The Rejuvenate design also has metal-on-metal parts, where the metal femoral neck contacts the metal femoral stem. In most other hip implants, the neck and stem are one solid piece.
The Rejuvenate hip implant was approved by the FDA in 2008, and was first sold in 2009. Like other defective metal-on-metal hip implants, the Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant was fast-tracked through the FDA’s approval process under the 510(k) system. Stryker based their application on the Wright ProFemur hip implant. Because manufacturers claimed the Stryker Rejuvenate was “similar” to other devices, they never conducted long-term safety studies of the device.
Although Stryker had little long-term safety data on the device, they claimed that its unique design was beneficial. Due to the modular neck and many interchangeable pieces, Stryker claimed that surgeons would be better equipped to tailor the device for each person’s unique biomechanics.
Stryker Rejuvenate Recall
On July 4, 2012, Stryker posted a notice on its website announcing the recall of the Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant. The problem is that the metal-on-metal neck junction is prone to corrosion. Toxic metal particles can cause severe pain, inflammation, and pseudotumors that require the hip implant to be replaced. Stryker recalled the hip implant due to the high rate of hip implant failure.
The defective part of this device includes the femoral stem — the part that is driven into a patient’s femur. If the implant fails and the patient requires revision surgery, the femoral stem must be removed and replaced. Revision surgery can be very painful, traumatic, and there is a risk of femur fracture.
Stryker Issues Safety Warning
In May 2012, Stryker sent an Urgent Field Safety Notice to orthopedic surgeons who might implant the Stryker Rejuvenate or ABS II hip implants. The company warned of the following potential hazards:
- Excessive metal debris and metal ions from corrosion
- Metallosis, metal poisoning, tissue damage, severe pain, and inflammation
- Allergic reaction in patients with metal sensitivity
- Bone loss due to metal particles
Symptoms of Stryker Hip Implant Failure
- Pain, tenderness at the joint
- Inflammation, swelling
- Decreased mobility, changes in gait or walking ability
- Metallosis (toxic metal poisoning)
- Cobalt poisoning
- Corrosion of the hip implant
- Loosening of the hip joint
- Tissue damage, death
- Bone loss
Do I have a Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Stryker Rejuvenate 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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