“Removal is like taking rebar out of concrete”
If you or a loved one has been affected by the Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and ABG III Modular Hip Stem recalls, you likely have many questions concerning the short and long term implications and remedies. The defective medical device attorneys at Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm have consistently achieved superior results for Stryker and DePuy hip replacement victims nationwide. The following information is provided to give you the best possible background and existing litigation information concerning the Stryker Rejuvenate & ABG II recall.
The “Stryker Rejuvenate” System Overview:
The Stryker Rejuvenate hip stem product was intended to be an alternative to the problematic metal-on-metal devices that preceded it. The company promoted it as a modular, custom-fit hip replacement offering a better range of motion – a particularly strong selling point to younger patients. Although the ceramic components in the ball and socket don’t present the same dangers as metal-on-metal designs, the metal surfaces in the neck and stem can rub against one another, causing metallic debris to come loose and impact the surrounding area. Furthermore, fretting and corrosion of the dissimilar metals used (chromium and cobalt) caused tissue damage, metallosis (metal poisoning), and other unintended side effects.
Approved for sale in the USA in 2008, the Rejuvenate hip stem device was implanted in approximately 20,000 patients. Hip implants are expected to last up to 20 years, but some Rejuvenate patients suffered failure within a few short years.
Stryker announced a ‘voluntary’ recall of the Rejuvenate hip implant in July 2012, along with another device called the ABG II. The company indicated that its decision was based upon the potential for fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction which may lead to adverse local tissue reactions.
How Do the Stryker & ABG II Implants Fail?
- Corrosion at the neck and stem causes failure
- Corrosion releases toxic heavy metal ions into the soft tissue & surrounding bone
- If untreated, heavy metal ions invade the blood stream
- Systemic heavy metal toxicity have been linked to tissue and bone death
- The only available treatment is to remove the implant
What Are the Medical Remedies?
Removal and replacement is the first challenge with these defective devices. However, the revision surgery is complicated and very invasive. The Stryker Rejuvenate removal requires not only the removal of the head and socket of the modular implant, but also the extraction of the stem embedded inside the femur. A surgeon has compared it to removing steel rebar that was set in concrete several years ago – without damaging the concrete! Revision surgery also involves a lengthy recuperation period, with the patient not able to bear weight for up to 8 weeks!
Significant risks are associated with device removal surgery including:
- Unintended bone fractures during removal
- Removal of large sections of necrotic tissue from metallosis
- Increased risk of hip dislocation
- Leg length discrepancy
- Pain from the larger replacement hip implant
- Extended rehabilitation time
Should I Hire A Lawyer? / Should We File A Lawsuit?
The moment defects were acknowledged and the recalls were issued, your needs and the manufacturer’s needs were on very different paths. The manufacturer of a defective product seeks to reduce PR and monetary damages, which is in direct conflict with your goal of being made whole again. If you have a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II implant, you need an experienced attorney to represent you and guarantee your interests are being protected. Add the complications of revision surgery, and the many many forms you’ll be signing, and there is no doubt you need qualified representation.
Experience Plays A Major Role In The Outcome Of Cases Arising From Defective Medical Devices!
While you may not be a litigious person, you can bet the manufacturer of a defective medical device has a team of lawyers who’s only job is to minimize your claim against the company. The defective medical device attorneys at Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm have the experience and know the techniques the manufacturers use to evaluate cases. Experience that will maximize the true value of your case, so you can be made whole again. Because we only charge a fee when there is a recovery for you, our contingency fee billing ensures that our interests are absolutely aligned with yours.
Free Stryker Rejuvenate Lawsuit Consultation:
If you or someone you care about has a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II implant, or is considering a revision/removal surgery, contact the medical device specialist attorneys at Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm at 214-526-7900, or submit the short case review form on the right. Remember – You’re under no obligation to use our services, and we charge nothing if you do not win your claim.