Stryker Hip Implant Recall
Stryker Corporation has recently initiated a voluntary recall of two modular-neck hip stems due to concerns that these products may cause corrosion at the modular neck junction that may lead to tissue pain and swelling in patients. The modular-neck hip stems covered by the recall include:
- Rejuvenate Modular
- ABG II
While the use of modular necks with these hip implant devices are intended to increase precision during the hip implant procedure, their metal-on-metal design has raised serious questions about the safety of these devises. In fact, the FDA has already received multiple reports of adverse reactions associated with these defective medical devices.
This is the second Stryker hip implant recall this year. In April, the medical device manufacturer recalled the Accolade femoral stem used with their MITCH TRH modular head/acetabular cup after receiving numerous reports of high revision rates.
The two recalls initiated by Stryker this year continue to bring attention to the safety concerns associated with metal-on-metal hip replacement systems. These devices have been found to release metal ions into the patient’s body which may cause metallosis. In addition, metal-on-metal hip implant devices have been associated with high failure rates, bone loss, pseudotumors, and adverse soft tissue reactions.
Several studies released this year have brought additional attention to the safety concerns associated with metal-on-metal hip implant devices:
- In February, the British Medical Journal published a study indicating that metal-on-metal hip implant patients may be at risk of exposure to dangerously high levels of metal ions.
- In March, The Lancet published a report demonstrating that metal-on-metal hip implants have a 6% failure rate compared with the 1.7-2.3% failure rates associated with other types of hip implants.
- In May, the Journal of Arthroplasty published a study indicating that all-metal hip implants corrode faster than metal-on-polyethylene implants.
If you received one of the recalled Stryker hip implants, consult your doctor at once to find out what precautionary steps must be taken. If you have suffered an injury due to one of these recalled Stryker hip implants, an experienced defective medical device attorney may be able to help you pursue compensation for your damages.
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