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What Led up to the Stryker Hip Recall?
Both the Stryker ABGII and Rejuvenate were released to the public in early 2010; the Rejuvenate gained FDA approval in 2008 and the ABGII in 2009. The marketing campaign for the two devices was aggressive. Due to their new, innovative design and the use of a ceramic rather than metal ball, Stryker claimed the implants would not only last longer, but were considerably safer than other metal-on-metal hip implants. The two hip implants were specifically marketed toward younger, more active patients as they were believed to last as long as 15-20 years.
For these reasons, it was particularly dismaying, when, just months after the release of the two devices, the FDA began receiving adverse event reports from patients and surgeons alike. Even though some patients had been implanted with an ABGII or Rejuvenate only months prior, surgeons were removing the devices due to serious health issues believed to be associated with the implants. In some cases surgeons noted significant levels of corrosion on the removed implants; some surgeons noted this corrosion looked like heavy black rust, particularly in the area of the neck junction. Other patients developed symptoms of metallosis (pain, inflammation, hip failure and tissue and bone necrosis) within months of receiving their Stryker implant, while others found themselves with serious cases of metal toxicity.
When shards of cobalt and chromium ions find their way into the bloodstream—after corrosion or fretting of the implant takes place—patients may develop kidney, renal, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular or neurological health problems. Loss of vision and hearing, chronic headaches, irritability, anxiety, depression, memory loss, reproductive disorders, DNA disruption and skin rashes can also occur. It appears Stryker had plenty of notice that the two implants were prone to failure and corrosion, long before the Stryker hip recall. By that time, potentially thousands of patients had been injured. Over 20,000 ABGII and Rejuvenate implants were sold, and as of this date, over 1,700 lawsuits have been filed. Your Pennsylvania Stryker hip lawyers will likely tell you that most people associated with the Stryker hip recall believe many more lawsuits will come as the statutes of limitations grow near.