Stryker Rejuvenate Problems with Modular Neck Stem Hip Replacements
Although most consumers are told that a modern hip replacement should last 15 to 20 years, the Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Neck Stem was recalled from the market just over 2 years after it was introduced due to a risk that it may be prone to premature failure and other problems.
Styrker submitted the Rejuvenate Modular hip replacement for FDA approval in 2008, and announced the release of the system in February 2009. While most hip replacements have one femoral piece that makes up the stem and neck, the Stryker Rejuvenate features two different pieces that combine to make a modular design.
The metal stem fits into the metal neck, creating direct contact between the two metal pieces. This results in the risk of issues that are very similar to the problems with metal-on-metal hip replacements, where the metal femoral head makes direct contact with the metal acetabular cup. It is known that such metal-on-metal contact results in the release of small metal particles, which may make the implants prone to serious problems and premature failure.
Although the risk of Stryker Rejuvenate modular neck stem problems was known or should have been known before it was ever introduced onto the market, Stryker marketed this device as safe and effective.
Did You Receive a Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Neck Stem Hip Replacement?
As a result of promotions that suggested Stryker Rejuvenate would provide better stability and range of motion, due to a better fit provided by the modular design, these implants were widely used among young and active patients who are now at risk of suffering serious complications and problems, including:
- Swelling or Inflammation
- Loosening of the Implant
- Fretting or Corrosion
- Hip Replacement Failure
- Additional Hip Surgery to Revise the Implant
The Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Neck Stem Hip was submitted to the FDA for approval without rigorous pre-market testing and research. The implant was approved under the FDA’s 510(k) process because it was found to be a “substantial equivalent” of another modular neck stem that was already on the market, the Wright ProFemur Hip, which has also been linked to potential problems.
According to data that surfaced in 2010, post-marketing adverse event reports suggest that users face a higher-than-expected rate of problems with the Wright Profemur hip, with many cases suggesting that the design is prone to degrade, fret and ultimately fail within a few years after surgery.
Although a Wright Profemur recall has not been issued, this provides further evidence that the Stryker Rejuvenate hip problems could have been detected earlier, allowing individuals to avoid having this defective modular femoral neck stem implanted in their hip.
STRYKER MODULAR FEMORAL NECK STEM LAWSUITS
The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential Stryker Rejuvenate hip lawsuits for individuals who received a hip replacement with one of these recalled modular femoral neck stems. Potential Wright Profemur hip lawsuits are also being reviewed for this similar modular neck stem system.
All cases are reviewed and evaluated on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are never any out-of-pocket expenses to hire a lawyer and there are no attorney fees unless a recovery is obtained. To review a potential claim for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.