If your tools don’t work, make them work. If you can’t make them work, make some that do work.
-Dr. Homer Stryker, Founder of Stryker Orthopedics
Despite the noble intent of Stryker Orthopedics founder, the company has veered substantially off course with its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Modular-Neck Stem hip implant devices. In July, 2012 the company issued a voluntary recall of these devices after it was discovered that the artificial joints had the “potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular neck junction, which may result in adverse local tissue reactions manifesting with pain and/or swelling.”
The ‘fretting’ and ‘corrosion’ of the materials in the device are attributed to recurring complications in Rejuvenate patients who repeatedly experience:
• Inflammation of the surrounding tissue
• Loosening of the device
• Unusual sounds such as squeaking or popping in the joint
• Metal poisoning known as metalosis
An Integral Design Flaw In Stryker Hips
The design utilized by Stryker in the Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Stem incorporates a metal stem and a ceramic cup to mimic the natural hip joint. However, the actual connection where the stem meets the neck is indeed a metal-on-metal contact. While perhaps a relatively small metal-on-metal surface area, the metal on metal contact can result in the ‘fretting’ and ‘corrosion’ noted by the company in their recall of the medical devices.
Much criticism has been associated with popular metal-on-metal artificial hip designs after reports sponsored by the National Joint Registry of England and Wales conclusively established that the popularized metal-on-metal hips had significantly higher failure rates compared to artificial hip devices manufactured with other materials such as plastics or ceramics.
Studying more than 400,000 hip implants in England from 2003 to 2011, the authors of the study determined that people with metal-on-metal hips were more than three times more likely to suffer complications than their peers with hips comprised of different compounds.
In 2011, a similar study of metal-on-metal (MOM) hips was reported by the Australian Orthopedic Associations National Joint Registry report solidified earlier concerns about the devices, noting that metal hips were noted to have more failures in during the early phases of their life than other hip replacement devices.
Lingering Problems Faced by Recipients of Stryker Hips
For some people who have received a Stryker Rejuvenate and Modular hip, immediately they may recognize that there indeed is a problem with the device shortly following the hip replacement surgery. In these situations, the patient should meet with their surgeon to determine if the source of their complications is related to a problem with the hip itself or due to other issues following the implantation.
If the source of the problems is indeed related to an infection or an adverse tissue reaction due to metal particles from the hip becoming embedded in the surrounding tissue, then a revision surgery may be necessary to reduce the pain and prevent further complications.
During a hip revision surgery, the original device is surgically removed and a new device is implanted. Generally, a hip revision surgery is considered to be more painful and overall less effective than the original procedure due to the fact that surgeons must remove more tissue and bone in order to get a tight fit with the new implant.
Legal Rights to Compensation For People Who Have Complications Related to a Stryker Hip Device
If you have experienced complications following the implantation of either a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II Modular-Neck Stem device, you have legal rights to pursue a claim for monetary damages against the company due to its defective design. After establishing that your problems are related to a defective Stryker hip implant, a legal claim or lawsuit may be pursued for damages relating to:
• Medical expenses- past and future
• Wage loss
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is committed to seeking the fullest compensation for all Stryker hip recipients.
Attorneys With Experience With Hip Defect Litigation
Since the official recall of the Stryker Rejuvenate, a mere handful of cases have been filed against the orthopedics company. Given the significant number of patients who have received these devices and the prevalence of complications, the number of lawsuits will surely expand.
Given the similarities between the complications related to Stryker devices and those related to the DePuy ASR Hip System, it is likely that the cases may be consolidated as a Multidistrict Litigation Panel (similar to what is presently in place with pending DePuy cases) in Federal Court. Using the terms provided to MDL cases, the matters are consolidated for purposes of discovery, yet kept separate for purposes of evaluating the specific damages related to each claimant. In some situations, people may elect to file a claim against Stryker in state courts either for strategic or convenience purposes.
Contact our experienced Stryker hip defect attorneys today for a free case evaluation
Regardless of the litigation forum, the Stryker hip recall attorneys Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are prepared to utilize all necessary resources to secure the most favorable road to recovery for each client’s needs and desires. While we recognize the similarities associated with these cases in terms of mechanism of injury, but we strive to evaluate each client’s case separately in order to assure that each case receives the attention that it deserves and to attend to the unique aspects of each injury. Unlike, other attorneys handling these cases, we have already invested substantial out-of-pocket expense to consult with leaders in the fields of: medical device engineering, metal poisoning, physical rehabilitation, surgery and economics— all with the ultimate goal of providing the best possible representation and achieving superior results for you. (888) 424-5757
Stryker Product Bulletin July 6, 2012