Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Recall Update
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Lawsuits stemming from the Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant recall are already beginning to move through state and federal courts. Some 20,000 Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems were involved in the Stryker Rejuvenate hip recall, and the related litigation is expected to be massive. The dedicated law firm of Alonso Krangle LLP is offering free legal evaluations to individuals who experienced a failing Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacment implant, pain, swelling, metallosis, or revision surgery related to the recalled replacment hip implant components. To learn more about filing a Stryker Rejuvenate hip recall lawsuit, please contact Alonso Krangle LLP today.
Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Recall 2012
The Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement recall was announced in July 2012 for 20,000 Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems. According to the Stryker Rejuvenate recall notice, the affected hip components are prone to fretting and corrosion at the modular-neck junction. This can cause the Rejuvenate hips to shed dangerous amounts of metal debris into surrounding tissue, resulting in pain, swelling and adverse local tissue reactions. Victims of these defective components have reportedly suffered from the following Stryker Rejuvenate hip recall symptoms:
- Metallosis (a systemic reaction to toxic metal ions shed from the hip)
- Necrosis (tissue death)
- Osteolysis (bone disintegration)
- Pseudotumor formation
- Pain requiring revision surgery
Months after the announcement of the Stryker Rejuvenate recall, the company modified its patient guidance, and advised anyone fitted with the Rejuvenate or ABG II stems to undergo blood testing for excessive amounts of metal ions in their blood, even if they were not experiencing any problems with their hip. The new guidance came after Stryker received reports of asymptomatic patients who had tested positive for high levels of metal ions in their blood, or developed adverse local tissue reactions.
Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implants Recall and the FDA
The hip components involved in the Stryker Rejuvenate recall were approved via the U.S. Food Drug Administration’s (FDA) 510(k) approval system, which does not require a device to undergo human clinical trials. Metal-on-metal hip implants, another controversial class of artificial hips, were also brought to market via the 510(k) system. While metal-on-metal hips are designed differently than those involved in the Stryker Rejuvenate recall, they have been linked to similar complications including metallosis and high rates of failure. In January, the FDA proposed a new rule that would make metal-on-metal hip implants ineligible for 510(k) approvals.
Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Replacement Lawsuits
Shortly after the recall was announced, people around the country began filing Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Replacement Lawsuits in order to obtain compensation for their pain and suffering. As of February 2013, at least 81 Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Replacement Lawsuits had been filed in state courts throughout New Jersey. In the expectation of a large litigation, the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered those and all future Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant lawsuits filed in the state consolidated in a multicounty litigation in Bergen County Superior Court. Plaintiffs in Stryker Rejuvenate hip recall lawsuits pending in federal courts have also petitioned for the establishment of a multidistrict litigation in U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. At the time the petition was filed, more than 30 Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuits were pending in a dozen federal districts. Though it is too early to speculate about a possible Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement lawsuit settlement, the establishment of consolidated litigations makes it more likely that these claims will be resolved in an efficient and expedited manner.
Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Legal Consultations
Stryker Rejuvenate hip implants were heavily marketed to younger, more active patients. The modular design gave surgeons the option to choose components of various sizes, resulting in a custom fit for each particular patient. This design was supposed allow Rejuvenate hips to last longer, and offer a better range of motion. Unfortunately, due to Stryker Rejuvenate corrosion problems, many patients have instead been forced to undergo risky revision surgery to have their hips removed and replaced within just a few years of their initial surgery.
If you’ve suffered pain, swelling, metallosis or other Stryker Rejuvenate hip problems, you deserve compensation. Alonso Krangle LLP offers free legal evaluations to victims of the Stryker Rejuvenate recall. To learn more about filing your own Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement recall lawsuit, contact Alonso Krangle LLP by filling out our online form or calling 888-836-3050.