You might have heard that Stryker Corp. announced the recall of two of its metal-on-metal hip replacements in June 2012, and if you received one of these implants, you will definitely want to know if you are affected. The devices are the Rejuvenate Modular Hip Stem (the “Rejuvenate”) and the ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stem (the “ABG II”). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified the Stryker recall as a Class II recall, which indicates “a situation in which use of or exposure to a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.”
What are the Rejuvenate and ABG II Hips?
Most metal-on-metal total hip replacements are made of two components, a metal hip socket and a metal femoral stem. The Rejuvenate’s and the ABG II’s hip stems feature an interchangeable neck component (the “modular neck”) between the stem’s shaft and the femoral ball that connects to the hip cup. The modular neck allows surgeons to fit the size and length of the device to the recipient’s body and reduces the difficulty of the implantation process. The FDA approved the Rejuvenate on October 20, 2009, and the ABG II shortly thereafter on November 4, 2009. The Rejuvenate was manufactured by Stryker Corp. and Stryker Sales Corp., and the ABG II was made and sold by Howmedica Osteonics Corporation.
Why Did Stryker Recall the Rejuvenate and the ABG II?
On July 6, 2012, the FDA announced that Stryker had recalled the Rejuvenate and the ABG II. The reason for the recall was that Stryker had determined by post-market surveillance that recipients were suffering from fretting and corrosion at or near the modular neck junction. Side effects can include:
- Local tissue reactions
Stryker offers to reimburse recipients for “testing, treatment, revision surgery, if necessary, and other costs relating to this voluntary recall.”
RLG’s Stryker Hip Recall Lawyers Can Help
If you received a recalled Stryker Rejuvenate or an ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stem, and you believe it caused an injury, then you might be able to hold the manufacturer responsible. The amount of compensation from a Stryker hip recall lawsuit can exceed what Stryker is willing to offer as reimbursement, including damages for full medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other damages. For a complimentary, private legal consultation with a lawyer from the Rottenstein Law Group, click on this link or call 1-800-624-9568.