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Stryker Hip Lawsuit

With its mix-and-match pieces and interchangeable heads, Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stem implants were supposed to be innovators in the hip-replacement market. But studies now show that the Stryker products are no better than any of the other faulty hip systems today. They cause medical problems and can lead to more hip surgeries.

Stryker is one of several hip replacement manufacturers that are facing legal scrutiny for faulty device designs. Nearly 100 Stryker hip patients have combined their cases in a New Jersey Supreme Court for a multicounty litigation (MCL). In the coming months, even more injured patients are expected to join. They are hoping to get large financial settlements to pay for all of the damage that their Stryker hips have caused.

Stryker Hip Complications

Stryker released its Rejuvenate and ABG II models in 2008 and 2009 respectively. The company said they were vastly different than other hip replacement systems because they consisted of several neck and stem pieces that could be custom fitted to the patient’s needs. The ABG II was marketed toward older patients because it was said to offer greater stability and minimize bone stress. The Rejuvenate system was aimed at younger patients because it was supposed to offer a wider range of motion. The company also said that the devices were made of a custom blend of metals that resisted corrosion or flaking, also called fretting.

Because both systems were approved under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDAs) 510(k) clearance program, no clinical trials were done on the devices. Instead, the device manufacturer promised the FDA that the hip implants were substantially similar to others already on the market and, therefore, safe. Instead of testing the devices to see if there would be any negative side effects, Stryker took a wait-and-see approach to the potential problems.

It wasn’t long after the Rejuvenate and ABG II models started being used that the problems began. One of the biggest comes from the normal rubbing of the metal components. This releases metallic debris into the surrounding tissue, causing metal toxicity. The other complications are as serious:

  • Nerve damage
  • Dislocation
  • Vein or artery damage
  • Infection
  • Bone loss
  • Soft tissue damage

Because of these problems, many patients are forced to undergo revision surgery. Through this, surgeons must remove the defective implant and put in a new one. It is known to be complicated, painful and expensive.

Stryker Hip Recall and Lawsuits

By April 2012, just a few years after the devices were introduced, Stryker issued an urgent safety alert. The company warned that the ABG II and Rejuvenate could cause an ion buildup and fretting. In July 2012, after the FDA received more than 60 reports of problems with the devices, Stryker issued a nationwide recall of the Rejuvenate and ABG II. It also stopped the global production and sale of the devices. The company advised the Rejuvenate and ABG II patients to undergo repeated medical testing to check for ion buildup and other problems.

Today, angry patients are filing lawsuits against Stryker to pay for their medical bills, time off work and pain and suffering. These patients are outraged that Stryker neglected its ethical and legal responsibilities by marketing a product that had never been fully tested.

Patients have the right to receive compensation for their Stryker injuries. If you or a loved has a damaged Stryker hip, contact our legal team today for further assistance.