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Stryker Hip Warnings and Recalls

For nearly four years, Stryker Corporation promoted its two highest-selling hip replacement devices as the best and brightest on the market. The company advertised its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Modular-Neck hip replacement systems to be free of the complications seen in other metal-on-metal hip devices because of its unique designs and the proprietary metal used in manufacturing.

By 2012, the company issued a voluntary recall of both devices and stopped global sales. The devices were found to cause severe medical complications that could lead to death.

Why Were The Rejuvenate and ABG II Recalled?

For decades, medical manufacturers have been trying to come up with a hip replacement device that would mimic the natural hip and have few complications. The two Stryker devices were supposed to fit that bill. Both are made from the company's exclusive blend of metal alloys – including cobalt and titanium – that were supposed to resist the metal-on-metal complications found in the popular ball-and-cup hip replacement design. The two systems also had interchangeable necks and stems that allowed the surgeon to make a more precise, custom fit on the patient. This ultimately was supposed to allow the patient to have more flexibility and stability.

In April 2012, the company issued an urgent safety alert to medical providers nationwide warning about problems. The company had found that the devices caused excessive metal debris and metal ions to collect in the bloodstream, bone and tissue. The metal-on-metal contact also causes immunological responses, pain and the need for revision surgery. Just three months later, the company pulled the devices from the shelves, issuing a nationwide recall and halting global sales.

Stryker Hip Patients and Revision Surgery

By the time the Rejuvenate and ABG II were recalled, thousands of patients had them implanted. Many will be forced to undergo another surgery to have the devices removed and replaced, called revision surgery. The company advised all patients who have either system and have persistent pain to seek immediate medical attention. Doctors should prescribe X-rays and MRIs to ensure the device is seated correctly and blood tests check for high metal ion levels. If there are problems, patients are encouraged to have the device removed and replaced. This is known to be a very painful surgery because the Rejuvenate and ABG II are imbedded deep into the bone and are difficult to remove.

Some injured patients have turned to Stryker for financial assistance related to the medical costs. On its website, the company said it will reimburse patients for the testing, treatment and necessary revision surgery. However, the company does not address the lost wages, pain and suffering and other costly problems that result from a faulty Stryker hip. Instead, patients are being urged to contact our legal professionals for their best options.

Stryker Hip Lawsuits

Like all other medical manufacturers, Stryker has an ethical and legal obligation to design safe products, fully test them before selling them and warn consumers immediately if they are unsafe. Instead Stryker chose to ignore consumer safety over financial gain. Today, dozens of Stryker lawsuits have been consolidated in a New Jersey superior courthouse. This consolidated case, called a multicounty litigation (MCL), allows patients with similar injuries to band together for the purposes of some pretrial proceedings. Unlike a class action, however, an MCL allows for individual trials and individual jury awards or settlements based on the extent of injuries.

In April 2013, a judge ordered Stryker and the attorneys for the injured patients to mediate the case. This allows the two parties to discuss possible financial settlement options before the cases go before a judge and jury. At the same time, a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) is forming. This has the same advantages as an MCL.