The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II are popular hip replacement implants. However, as a result of a faulty metal-on-metal design, these two models of Stryker hip joints have been recalled. This does not help the thousands of patients who have already suffered or have undergone (or will need to undergo) hip replacement revision surgery to replace the faulty implants.
When the Stryker ABG II Modular Hip system was approved by the FDA in 2008, it had a number of features which surgeons believed made it superior to earlier hip replacement systems. Unlike other hips, the Stryker ABG II was modular, so surgeons are able to customize the artificial hip to fit each patient’s body.
In addition to its modular nature, the ABG II hip was also believed to be safer than earlier hip systems because it was mainly composed of plastic-on-ceramic components, unlike other hips whose metal-on-metal constructions were known to cause injuries.
Based on many reports of serious injury and revision surgery, Stryker voluntarily recalled both the Rejuvenate and the ABG II Modular Hip systems in July 2012. In the notice that accompanies the recall, Stryker admits that design flaws in these medical devices can lead to “fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular-neck junction…may result in adverse local tissue reactions manifesting with pain and/or swelling.” The Stryker hips were also recalled in Canada in May 2012.
Experts attribute most of the injuries and problems patients have suffered after implantation with the Stryker ABG II Modular Hip system to the flawed design of the metal-on-metal neck joint. Because of this, individuals who have suffered pain or hip implant revision surgery due to the Stryker ABG II are eligible to pursue compensation for their medical bills and other damages.
Can I file a lawsuit if I have have been injured by Stryker Hip Implants?
Possibly. If a manufacturer produces a dangerous or defective product, it can be held responsible to those who are injured as the result of inadequate warnings, under a legal theory known as “product liability.” Depending upon the particular circumstances of your case, damages may include recovery for any of the following:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Emotional distress
If you or a loved one have been injured by Stryker Hip Implants, you should contact your doctor immediately. You may also wish to contact an experienced Stryker Hip Implants lawyer to discuss your legal options. As all legal claims are subject to time limits, however, you may risk forfeiture of your right to financial compensation if you delay.