Hip replacements and hip implants have become a common medical procedure in recent years. Unfortunately, many hip replacement systems – particularly metal-on-metal hip implant systems – can end up causing more pain and discomfort due to dangerous or defective implant systems, and a number of hip replacement systems have been recalled as a result. In August 2010, DePuy Orthopedics (a division of Johnson & Johnson) recalled two of its popular hip replacement systems – the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System – due to a higher-than-normal failure rate of the devices. Hip replacement systems are generally expected to last up to 15 years, but the DePuy implant systems have been failing after just two to three years.
Most recently, on July 6, 2012, Styker announced that it was recalling its Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Implant Systems and discontinuing global production of the implant systems. The Stryker hip implants were recalled due to risks of corrosion and fretting which can damage or injure surrounding tissues. Patients whose hip implants have experienced corrosion and/or fretting may suffer pain and/or swelling at the local joint site.
Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants
The recalled Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implant systems are two-part modular-neck systems comprised of a metal neck inside a metal state. Metal-on-metal hip implants, like the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants, have been associated with significant risk of developing serious complications including tissue damage, device failure, need for revision surgery, and long-term disability due to corrosion and shedding of metal ions from the implants. As this article states, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a report indicating that data compiled by the FDA indicates that metal-on-metal hip replacement systems are more likely to fail than other hip implant devices.
What to Do If You Have Received One of the Recalled Hip Implants
Patients who have received the recalled Styker hip implants should consult with their doctor immediately. If you are uncertain about whether you have one of the recalled products implant, you should also contact your doctor or consult your medical records. A patient call center has been established and patients can call (888) 317-0200 or visit www.AboutStryker.com/ModularNeckStems for additional information.
If you suspect that your hip implant system is causing medical problems, such as swelling or pain, you should see your doctor immediately. You may also wish to consult with a skilled hip implant attorney as you may be entitled to compensation for injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, in a product liability or medical malpractice lawsuit. Contact the Chicago product liability lawyers at Ankin Law Offices, LLC at (312) 600-0000 to learn more about the Stryker hip implant recall.