Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Recall
On July 6, 2012, Stryker Orthopaedics issued a voluntary recall of two components of its hip implants. The components affected are the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems.
The Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant is different from other hip replacement devices because it is not a metal-on-metal hip replacement device. The Rejuvenate hip replacement device was meant as an alternative to the metal-on-metal devices, and uses a ceramic component. It was marketed as a modular hip replacement – especially to younger patients. Its components were custom-made to fit better, resulting in a longer-lasting hip replacement with a greater range of motion.
In a statement, the company said that it was recalling the components “because there is a potential for fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction which may lead to adverse local tissue reactions.” This is likely in reference to the Stryker recipients who reportedly developed metallosis – which can occur when friction, fretting, or corrosion causes metal particles from an implant to be released into the patient’s body. These particles can damage tissue or bone, or get into the patient’s bloodstream.
Because the Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant does not have a metal-on-metal ball and socket design, it was initially believed that metallosis was not possible. However, the Stryker device’s metal neck piece can, under certain conditions, rub against its metal stem, causing metallic debris to come loose.
If you have received a Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant, we would like to review your case. Also, any individuals who are unsure of the type of hip device implant they may have received, or anyone who has had a revision surgery. Contact Stephens Fiddes McGill and Associates, P.C. if you or a loved one have had problems with a Stryker Hip, please contact us today at 309-637-5297 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced hip replacement attorneys. We handle all medical device litigation on a contingency fee basis. You pay nothing for our services unless we obtain a settlement or an award on your behalf.