Just months after Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems were pulled from the market, Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant recall lawsuits were already beginning to pile up in courts throughout the country. By February 2013, at least 81 Stryker Rejuvenate recall lawsuits were pending in a multicounty litigation underway in New Jersey Superior Court, while dozens more had been filed in federal courts. Wright & Schulte LLC, an experienced law firm focused on obtaining justice for the people, continues to offer free legal evaluations to victims of the Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement recall. To discuss your potential Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement lawsuit with a qualified personal injury lawyer, please contact Wright & Schulte LLC today.
Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Recall 2012
Some 20,000 Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems had been sold worldwide by the time the Stryker Rejuvenate recall was announced in July 2012. Brought to market in 2009, the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems have a modular design that offered surgeons the option to choose components of various sizes, resulting in a custom fit for each particular patient. The components involved in the 2012 Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant recall were marketed to younger, more active patients with promises that they would last longer than other artificial hips. Unfortunately, those promises have fallen short.
According to the Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement recall notice, the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems are prone to fretting and corrosion at the modular-neck junction. As such, the hips can generate excessive amounts of metallic debris, which can leach into the surrounding tissue, and even make their way into the blood stream. According to Stryker, patients with the recalled Rejuvenate hip components are at risk for swelling, pain and adverse local tissue reactions. Patients affected by the Stryker Rejuvenate recall have been advised to undergo metal ion blood testing and imaging screenings, even if they are not experiencing problems with their hip.
Stryker Rejuvenate Recall And The FDA
Other than post a Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement recall notice on its website, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has said very little about these hip implants. However, the agency is conducting a safety review of metal-on-metal hip replacements. While metal-on-metal hips are designed differently than the Stryker Rejuvenate hip stems, they have been linked to similar complications. Like all-metal hips, those in the Stryker Rejuvenate recall were also brought to market via the FDA’s 510(k) system. In January, the FDA proposed a new rule that would make metal-on-metal hip implants ineligible for 510(k) approvals, which allowed these devices to come to market without human testing.
Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Recall Lawsuit
The multicounty litigation underway in New Jersey for Stryker Rejuvenate hip recall lawsuits was established by the state’s Supreme Court in January 2013. Some plaintiffs in Stryker Rejuvenate claims pending in federal court have motioned for the establishment of a multidistrict litigation in Minnesota. When that petition was filed in February 2013, at least 30 federal Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement recall lawsuits were already pending against Stryker. Lawsuits are just in their preliminary phases, so it is far too early to speculate about a possible Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement lawsuit settlement.
Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Replacement Recall Symptoms & Complications
Some victims of the Stryker Rejuvenate recall have allegedly suffered excruciatingly painful complications as a result of the toxic metal shed due to the fretting and corrosion of their hip stems. Symptoms and complications seen associated with Stryker Rejuvenate corrosion include:
- Tissue death
- Damage to bone and tissue
- Premature failure of the implant
- Loosening of implant
- Formation of pseudotumor
Filing A Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Replacement Recall Lawsuit
If you are thinking about filing a Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement recall lawsuit, and you’re looking for a personal injury law firm that will guarantee the caring, personalized and loyal representation you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact Wright Schulte LLP today. For a free, no obligation legal evaluation of your Stryker Rejuvenate hip recall lawsuit, simply fill out the online form on the right, or give Wright & Schulte LLC a call, toll-free, at 1-800-399-0795.
FREE CASE REVIEW
For a FREE Case Review, please complete the form. Our attorneys will review your case promptly and contact you to discuss your legal rights and options.