- Issue: Recalled Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants
In June 2012, Stryker Corporation recalled its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems due to "fretting and/or corrosion" in the implant which may lead to an "adverse local tissue reaction, as well as possible pain and/or swelling, in or around your hip."
Attorney Wendy Fleishman provides a late 2013 update on the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II recalls & lawsuits
Stryker has not accepted full legal responsibility for the alleged defects and failure of its Rejuvenate and ABG II artificial hip implants. Lieff Cabraser represents hip replacement patients across America in lawsuits against Stryker to obtain just compensation for their pain, suffering, lost wages, and other losses from the failure of their Stryker hip implants.
The Stryker Rejuvenate And ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Implant System
Stryker marketed the Rejuvenate and ABG II systems as being the "next generation" and "latest evolution" in their hip replacement product lines.
Most artificial hip implants consist of a one-piece neck and stem, and a cup. Stryker's Rejuvenate and ABG II systems included multiple neck and stem components that the surgeon could choose from.
The ABG II system had eight right stems, eight left stems, and ten modular necks, which were supposed to offer greater stability and minimal bone stress. The Rejuvenate hip, with six stems and sixteen necks, was marketed to younger patients who were promised longer-lasting devices that offered a better range of motion.
Stryker began selling the Rejuvenate hip system in 2009 and the ABG II hip system in 2010. Stryker conducted no clinical testing on the safety and effectiveness of either set of devices in hip replacement patients prior to introducing the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip systems to the market.
Stryker Hip Replacement Recall
Physicians and health regulators have focused substantial attention on the dangers to patients from the release of tiny metallic particles by, and the widespread failures of, all-metal (also called metal-on-metal) hip implants, including the recalled DePuy ASR hip implant.
Stryker's Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stem systems are not considered metal-on-metal devices, since they do not have a metal ball that rubs against a metal socket. However, because the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II necks are made of chromium and cobalt, and the stems are coated with titanium, they do have a metal-on-metal junction and can release metallic debris into nearby tissue and the blood stream.
In April 2012, Stryker issued an "Urgent Safety Alert" to surgeons for the two hip replacement systems. The alert listed "excessive metal debris and/or ion generation" as one of the safety risks to patients. According to Stryker's Safety Alert, the following problems can result:
- Metallosis (release of metal ions into the tissue and blood stream);
- Necrosis (premature tissue death);
- Osteolysis (bone dissolution); and,
- Pain and loosening of the hip implant requiring revision surgery.
Stryker Hip Recall Lawsuits
Patients nationwide have suffered the injuries of metallosis and tissue damage, and have had to undergo often painful and complicated revision surgery to remove and replace faulty Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implants.
In lawsuits filed against Stryker, these patients charge that the Rejuvenate and ABG II devices are defective because the modular neck is prone to fretting, degradation, and fracture. Further, the lawsuits allege that Stryker knew or should have known that the Rejuvenate and AGB II hip systems were not safe for the patients, yet continued to market and sell the products.
Legal Rights of those Injured by Stryker Hip Implants
The law in most states provides individuals with legal claims and the right to compensation for injuries they suffer as a result of a defective medical device. Patients may file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for their pain and suffering, medical expenses including the cost of replacement surgery, lost past and future wages, and punitive damages.
Contact Lieff Cabraser
If you or a family member have experienced problems with a Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Primary Hip System and the AGB II Modular Hip System replacement implants, or have been told your implant should be replaced, please use the form below to contact an experienced Lieff Cabraser personal injury lawyer. Or you may call us toll-free at 1 800-541-7358 and ask to speak to attorney Lexi J. Hazam.
We welcome the opportunity to review your claim. We will respond promptly and there is no charge or obligation on your part for our evaluation of your case.
The Rejuvenate Modular Primary Hip System and the AGB II Modular Hip System are trademarks of Stryker Corporation. These trademarks are used for informational and product identification purposes only. Lieff Cabraser is not affiliated with Stryker, and nothing on this website is authorized or approved by Stryker Corporation.
By Wendy Fleishman.