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What You Need to Know About the Stryker Hip Recall
If you are a recipient of a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABGII hip implant, you are likely aware of the recall issued for the two devices in July, 2012. Over 20,000 devices were sold between the release in 2010 and the recall, and at this point over 1,700 Stryker hip lawsuits have been filed. Stryker issued an Urgent Field Safety Notification just a few short months prior to the recall—some say as a tactic to minimize liability—which detailed some of the problems with these two implants. Stryker stated the Rejuvenate and ABGII both had a higher-than-normal rate of failure, as well as a propensity for experiencing fretting and corrosion at the neck junction, leading to the release of cobalt and chromium ion debris into the body.
In this safety notification, Stryker attempted to shift a considerable amount of the responsibility for the defective devices to patients and surgeons alike. The company claimed that those who were more prone to metal sensitivities as well as those with diabetes, an infection, those who were overweight and those with other prior health conditions were more likely to have adverse reactions to the recalled Rejuvenate and ABGII. Further, Stryker claimed that some of the problems which were occurring in patients were due to the inexperience of the surgeon or improper cleaning of the device prior to implantation.
Following the Stryker hip recall, more problems were found to be present in both devices such as corrosion which occurs beneath the metal trunnions located on either end of the neck piece, mismatched metals (titanium stem, cobalt and chromium neck) and the TMZF and hydroxyapatite coatings used on the devices. When corrosion occurs in a metal hip implant, microscopic metal ions can shear away from the device, finding their way to surrounding hip tissues or entering the bloodstream. Ions in the bloodstream can result in:
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Skin rashes
- Neurological issues
- Cardiovascular problems such as heart attack and stroke
Renal and thyroid disorders
- Diminishment or loss of hearing and vision
- DNA disruption
- The development of pseudo-tumors
- Anxiety, depression and irritability
Cobalt and chromium ions in hip tissues can be responsible for inflammation, pain, tissue and bone necrosis and total hip failure. If you have experienced any problems due to the Stryker hip recall—or even if you have not yet experienced problems—it is important that you contact an experienced North Carolina Stryker hip lawyer to determine whether you can file a North Carolina Stryker hip lawsuit and to determine when your statute of limitations may run.