The year 2012 saw another major hip replacement recall which may require an intensive treatment plan for patients.
In July 2012, Stryker recalled two hip replacements, the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems. Stryker initiated the voluntary recall due to the potential risks for fretting and corrosion at the junction of the metal stem and metal neck.
Several months later, product liability lawsuits have been filed in a few states and patients are still learning what the recall may mean for them. The recall came two years after DePuy Orthopedics recalled its all-metal hip implant, the ASR XL Acetabular System, in 2010. A study showed the DePuy hip implant failed in one of eight patients and required they undergo a second surgery within five years - compared to the industry standard of 15.
The DePuy hip implant caused friction between the metallic ball and socket components and injuries such as bone fractures, trouble walking and metallosis, a painful condition which occurs when metallic particles appear in a patient's blood stream.
With the Stryker recall, the company states the incidence of complications is extremely low and that patients who experience pain and swelling should speak with their surgeon. If a patient does require a second surgery, it may be more complex than in the DePuy recall. The neck stem of Stryker's hip implant was implanted tightly into the femur bone to stay permanently. There may be potential for complications such as bone fractures.
If you have a Stryker hip implant, you should have been contacted by your surgeon about the recall. If not, you should contact them now as well as an experienced medical device lawyer, who can represent your interests.
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Related: Stryker Initiates Voluntary Product Recall of Modular-Neck Stems, Food and Drug Administration.