In June of 2012, Stryker announced a voluntary recall of its Rejuvinate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip systems. According to Stryker, the recall was "due to potential risks associated with modular-neck stems," including the "potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular-neck junction, which may result in advance local tissue reaction, as well as possible pain and/or swelling" in the hip area.
The Stryker hip replacement devices are known as "metal-on-metal" products. Some reports suggest that, over time, the ball and socket components wear down and release metal debris into the hip joint and adjacent muscle and tendons, causing fluids to accumulate in the joint with damage to the musculature, bones and nerves around the hip. In the worst cases, the implant can loosen and cause the hip to dislocate, or fracture.
Since the Stryker recall was issued, the Bottar Leone, PLLC legal team has fielded questions from patients who received the Rejuvinate and/or ABG II hip replacement systems, including:
Stryker has promised patients that it will pay for "medical costs" relating to the voluntary recall, including reimbursement for "testing, treatment, revision [and] surgery." Stryker has not made any representations about compensating patients for lost wages, disability, or pain and suffering associated with a failing hip or second surgery.
The trial lawyers at Bottar Leone, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict product liability cases stemming from injuries caused by products that have been recalled because they are defective. If you or a loved one have a recalled Stryker hip, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Syracuse New York hip recall attorney, contact us now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.