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The models that were recalled were Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II as these had the same type of modular neck hip stem.
There are other manufacturers such as Depuy and Zimmer that have also been recalled.
The Michigan based Stryker has made over $8 billion, of which 13% was contributed by the hip implants before the Stryker Hip Recall was issued.
What Went Wrong with Stryker Hip Implants?
Stryker warned doctors about the potential risks associated with use of their hip implants two months before the official Stryker Hip Recall. This was in an attempt to downplay the initial fear factor that would arise when the recall was made.
The problem associated with these hip implants is that the stem runs deeper into the femur bone of the leg and has the ability to corrode. The Stryker models have displayed a high failure rate within a short period of time and there are speculations that there are very serious issues associated with the hip implants that were recalled.
This recall of the hip implants by Stryker has triggered fears from the patients who are recipients of Rejuvenate and ABG II devices and those that were negatively affected by the implant have filed Stryker lawsuits to potentially receive compensation for their suffering.
Abbott Law Group can be of assistance if you think you may be eligible to join a Stryker Class Action Lawsuit.
Reasons Behind the Stryker Hip Recall:
Even though the design was very different from the traditional hip implants, the company performed only a few laboratory tests before marketing it to the public.
While the traditional hip implants had two parts such as femoral stem with a ball and cup, the Rejuvenate and ABG II implants had 4 parts such as femoral stem, tabular cup, metal neck and a ball.
Problematic Design of Implants:
The concept behind such a design was to allow the surgeon to choose the required length and angle for the individual as the implants had 4 parts. The problem with the new design was that it was metal on metal while the traditional devices were made of fiber and plastic.
Therefore, whenever the metal brushes with its metal joint, it results in fretting and corrosion. As the friction increases between the joints, the metal on metal hip implants release great levels of chromium and cobalt ions into the bloodstream, which can lead to metal poisoning, called Metallosis.
Filing a Stryker Lawsuit with The Abbott Law Group
Before the Stryker Hip Recall, were you or a family member implanted with the Rejuvenate or ABG II hip device? If the answer is yes, and you have experienced one or more of the following side effects, you may have an excellent case against Stryker.
- Hip dislocation
- Metal poisoning
- Intense pain in the hip joints
- Popping in the metal joints
You may be eligible to receive remuneration for all the pain and suffering you have undergone, or for the invasive hip revision surgeries that would have never needed to occur had the device not been faulty. If your Stryker hip implant affected you negatively, contact the Abbott Law Group today.
The Abbott Law Group offers free Stryker Hip Recall case evaluations to determine if you are eligible to file a lawsuit.