Stryker and ABG II Hip Replacement Implant Recall
Stryker Rejuvenate® Hip Stem and ABG II® Modular Hip Stem Alleged to Have Serious Side Effects
Stryker Rejuvenate® Hip Stem and ABG II® Modular Hip Stem devices used in hip replacements are alleged to have caused serious side effects and in some cases required painful, invasive revision surgery due to early failure of mechanical components.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS THAT MAY INDICATE YOU ARE AT RISK?
- feeling of “loose” or “popping“ hip
- reduced mobility
- body tissue damage, including shards from the device embedding in tissues
- metallosis (abnormal blood tests showing release of toxic metals into the bloodstream)
- osteolysis (bone inflammation or dissolution, particles from the device becoming embedded in bone, lost of calcium and bone matrix structure)
- necrosis (tissue death)
- required “revision” surgery
WHAT ARE THE WARNINGS?
Warning notices were sent to doctors and hospitals, but it is possible patients with these defective, recalled implants are not aware they have them. Even if the patient does not have symptoms, Stryker Orthopedics recommends they schedule a consultation with their surgeon for blood tests and x-rays or other imaging.
The devices were originally designed with more adjustable parts (stems) than other hip implant devices, allowing a physician the ability to adjust the device to meet a patient’s specific anatomy. The stems are the potential source of failure in the device. Surgery can be difficult and painful, in part due to insertion of the device into the patient’s femur bone.
Attorney Jamie Sheller is also representing patients with defective DePuy ASR brand hip replacement implant devices. Click here to see Attorney Sheller and a few of her DePuy hip implant clients on CBS News.