If you have underwent orthopedic hip surgery and received Modular-Neck Hip Stems by Stryker, you may be the victim of a defective medical device implant. These Modular-Neck Stems are found in the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular Neck Stems. Orthopedic surgery is generally performed to advance and restore movement. Those patients who have received the defective Stryker Hip Stems are finding their problems have only been made worse. Patients who suffered complications caused by the Modular-Neck Hip Stems have been exposed to unnecessary medical and financial difficulties.
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Stryker Recalls Modular-Neck Hip Stems Citing Corrosion
In 2012, Stryker recalled the Modular-Neck Hip Stems stating that corrosion and fretting could produce adverse tissue reactions. The recall is specific to Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Stems. The device has also been linked to side effects and complications such as an increased risk of metallosis (metal poisoning) and a high early failure rate, resulting in patients having to undergo revision surgery.
Stryker Orthopedics is well-known for designing and manufacturing medical implant devices and maintains sixteen percent of the worldwide orthopedic market share with total sales exceeding $6 billion. The company promoted the Modular-Neck Hip Stems as exceptionally stable and claimed the device allowed effective weight distribution and featured high performances in terms of corrosion resistance.
Patients receiving the implant experienced numerous complications and adverse health conditions such as bone and tissue death at the implant site caused by the defective medical device. Stryker Orthopedics is now faced with mounting lawsuits filed by injured victims.
Before the official recall on July 6, 2012, an Urgent Field Safety Notice warned that data revealed several potential hazards about the Modular-Neck Hip Stems manufactured by Stryker Orthopedics. According to the notice, excessive metal debris caused by corrosion and fretting (constant wear or rubbing creating grooves) around the neck junction can result in metal poisoning, bone and tissue death, accompanied by severe pain. These conditions typically require a revision surgery.
The Stryker Neck Stems contain the toxic element Cobalt. Studies suggest that the metal Cobalt ions are linked to pseudotumor formation, premature tissue death or necrosis, osteolysis and metallosis. Necrosis is typically caused by infection or toxins and can be fatal. The condition occurs as a result of injury or chemicals when there is not sufficient blood flow, causing cell-destruction of the living tissue.
Psuedotumor Formation From Stryker Modular-Neck Hip Stems
Reports based on new research by The Netherlands recently disclosed that almost thirty percent of the patients who received metal-on-metal implants experienced pseudotumor formation. Researchers at Martinit Hospital, Groningen, revealed that the elevated levels of cobalt in the blood of patients receiving these devices are a reliable predictor of the formation of pseudotumor.
During daily activities the Modular-Neck Hip Stem’s metal parts rub against each other, causing metal particles to shed into the patient’s bloodstream and surrounding tissues. The masses or enlargements that form when the particles become lodged in the tissue are called pseudotumors.
Stryker Modular-Neck Hip Stems – Osteolysis
Osteolysis is a condition commonly associated with artificial joint replacements. The body attempts to clean up the metal particles that are released by corrosion and fretting of the Modular-Neck Hip Stems. The autoimmune reaction causes resorption of living bone tissue. According to an associate professor of orthopedics at Rush University Medical Center, Wayne Paprosky, MD, surgeons can expect an increase in patients requiring revision surgery as a result of osteolysis.
The professor said that the condition was an ongoing problem as osteolysis is still prevalent due to components implanted before 1995. Wear-induced osteolysis is treated by surgical intervention in order to remove all debris, restore bone stock and provide a sound reconstruction while also removing the source of wear debris particles.
Metallosis Resulting from Stryker Modular-Neck Stems
The Modular-Neck Hip Stems by Stryker Orthopedics contain two parts that are constructed in metal-on-metal fashion. It is reported that the release of the chromium into the body is absorbed by white blood cells, which then begins to oxidize and changes the structure-pattern of the ionic bonding.
Cobalt particles in the area surrounding an implant are an established health concern. Metallosis can result into inflamed tissue, which usually contributes to loosen the medical device. Typical side effects of metallosis include dislocation, extreme pain, bone deterioration, swelling, inflammation and aseptic fibrosis.
Lawsuits Against Stryker for Defective Hip Stems
The Stryker Orthopedics Company has been accused of negligence related to their defective Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems. Injury victims report that the company failed to warn doctors and patients about the known risks involved, such as cobalt ions in the tissues and blood surrounding the implant.
After the FDA received over sixty adverse reports of metallosis, Stryker recalled the defective Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems on July 6, 2012. Patients experiencing pain were advised to go for blood tests to check for high metal ion levels, as well as MRI and X-Rays.
There are numerous plaintiffs alleging that the Modular-Neck Hip Stems caused symptomatic pseudotumor formations, among other complications. The FDA stated in an update on January 17, 2013, that metal-on-metal class of devices has been recalled worldwide. There is Multicounty Litigation for Modular-Neck Hip Stems (MCL No. 296) in New Jersey Superior Court of Bergen County.
Furthermore, on January 17, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration published guidelines for people who received all-metal devices. The FDA recommended metal ion testing in symptomatic patients, regular medical examinations and diagnostic imaging.
How to Hire a Hip Implant Lawyer to Fight Stryker
Numerous injury victims are filing lawsuits against Stryker Orthopedics claiming that their Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems produced severe pain and swelling, while others reported high levels of cobalt and chromium in their systems. The law protects consumers against dangerous and defective medical devices. As a consumer, it is important to know and protect your rights to prevent further harm.
We represent all patients and victims seeking reimbursement from Stryker Orthopedics. A revision surgery may be required to prevent further injury, and the suffering and costs should be paid by the party who made a profit on the defective device, Stryker. Injuries caused by defective medical devices are complex legal matters. We encourage you to contact us if you, or a loved one, suffered side effects caused by Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems. There are NO FEES for our services, unless we are able to recover reimbursement for your harms and losses. Call 855-55-BAD-DRUG today for a FREE CONSULTATION.