Stryker Corp. has announced that its June 2012 hip implant recall will cost between $190 and $390 million for patient testing and treatment, revision surgeries, replacement hip lawsuits, and insurance payments. The company issued the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip device recall due to the risk of corrosion, which may result in tissue damage, pain, swelling, and other hip surgery complications.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered hip surgery complications after being implanted with the Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II modular-neck hip devices, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Update: Stryker Moves to Settle Rejuvenate, ABG II Hip Litigation
May 16, 2017 - At least 95% of eligible patients have registered for a settlement program intended to resolve product liability lawsuits filed over injuries alleged from Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck hip stems. The company has indicated that it will soon begin making payments to eligible parties.
Stryker Hip Replacement Complications
The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck are known in the industry as metal-on-metal hip implants. These devices and others like it, such as the DePuy Acetabular and ASR Hip Resurfacing systems which were recalled in July 2010, have been extremely problematic and linked to a number of severe side effects. Stryker hip replacement complications have been reported to include:
- difficulty walking
- squeaky joints
- faulty components
- plant contamination
- local tissue damage
- high failure rates
- metallosis (the release of tiny metal ions into the bloodstream)
"The issue of greatest concern is the potential for elevated metal ions in the bloodstream and the damage that can be caused to the muscles, tendons, soft tissue and bone," said Dr. Mary O'Connor, an orthopedic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. "Soft tissue damage is more critical than bone damage. If the bone is damaged, we can do something. But if the muscle is dead because it has been poisoned by metal ions, we can't recreate it," she said.
Australian Regulators Warn of Hip Failure with Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Heads
October 5, 2016 - Last week, Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) issued a hazard alert regarding Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral heads after the devices were linked to numerous reports of taper lock failure. TGA noted that patients and orthopedic surgeons should be concerned about complications in patients implanted with the devices, which may include: loss of mobility, pain, inflammation, adverse tissue reactions, dislocation, broken bones around the implant, and the need for painful revision surgery.
Stryker Hip Implant FDA Warning Letter
In November 2007, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) sent Stryker Corp. a warning letter regarding complaints it had been receiving about hip joint components made at the company’s Mahwah, New Jersey factory. These complaints included reports of hip joints that did not fit properly, an issue that caused patients to experience adverse side effects such as pain, difficulty walking, and squeaky joints. A number of Stryker hip prosthesis recipients even reported that pieces of the components had broken off completely, and others had worn unevenly. The administration’s warning letter said that deficiencies uncovered at the New Jersey facility had directly contributed to the manufacture of faulty hip replacement devices.
At Schmidt & Clark, LLP, we urge anyone who has been implanted with a Stryker hip replacement device affected by this recall to act fast, as you may be at more risk than you think. Stryker hip prosthesis recipients should contact their doctors immediately, even if they haven’t yet experienced adverse side effects. Every person with a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II modular-neck faces the potential for long-term serious complications, and right now you’re entitled to treatment and compensation.
Do I Have a Stryker Hip Recall Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Stryker Hip Recall Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one suffered hip surgery complications after being implanted with the Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II modular-neck hip devices, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by a suit and we can help.