Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II replacement hips are metal-on-metal implant systems released in 2010. They were marketed as customizable, allowing surgeons to interchange various parts giving a better fit.
In just two years, Stryker metal hips were used in more than 20,000 replacement procedures. Unfortunately, testing showed the movement of metal components in these implants could lead to wear and discharge of toxic shavings into the body. In June of 2012, the company issued a Stryker hip recall of both models.
Studies have shown that metallic poisoning from defective metal hip shavings can cause serious long-term illness for victims. While the company has offered to reimburse patients who require testing and removal of the device as part of the recall, they haven’t offered compensation for the ongoing effects of metallosis.
Patients affected by the Stryker hip recall have been encouraged by the company to contact Broadspire Claims Management in order to arrange a settlement. However, experts advise that victims have the right to seek greater compensation for the full extent of their injuries, as well as the company’s failure to properly test or warn consumers of the defects.
Lawyers have begun helping those patients who received Stryker hips file claims in a special multi-district litigation court.
If you or a loved one received a hip replacement subject to the Stryker hip recall, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal options before signing anything from the manufacturer. Contact us today.
Most replacement hips use three components - a stem that is implanted in the top of the femur; a ball which attaches to the top of the stem; and a cup that is fastened into the pelvic cavity to match up with the ball.
While traditional hip implants used a combination of ceramic, plastic and metal parts for these components, the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II models used all metal parts to increase durability. Unfortunately, companies didn’t test for or anticipate the effect that metal wear would have.
Records show Stryker took advantage of a fast-track FDA approval program to rush their hip products to market, instead of adequately testing for the risks.
In 2009, researchers in the United Kingdom warned that metallic poisoning from metal hip shavings could cause vision loss, soft tissue and bone damage, hearing loss, tumors and hip pain. A March, 2012 U.K. study of 400,000 patients showed metal hips were three times as likely to require revision surgery for such problems.
In April of 2012, Stryker finally warned surgeons that the wear of their metal hip implants could cause corrosion and fretting, releasing metallic shavings into the bloodstream and surrounding tissue. However, they didn’t issue a formal Stryker hip recall until July 6, 2012.
Stryker has now halted sales of their metal hips. Although they have offered to reimburse for testing and removal, they haven’t offered patients any compensation for the long-term treatment, pain or disability that can result from metallic poisoning.
Due to the failure of Stryker to properly warn or compensate patients for the risks of their metal hips, lawyers have begun helping those affected file claims. Cases were recently consolidated in a special multi-district litigation court in New Jersey to handle the volume.
Lawsuits such as this can be very complex. Make sure any lawyer you choose has experience fighting large medical companies. DrugRisk only recommends lawyers who specialize in defective drug and medical device cases, and have already handled Stryker hip lawsuits.
Contact us today for more information on the side effects, research and litigation related to Stryker hip implants, or to speak with a lawyer. We are available 24 hours a day to provide help.