Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Failures Continue to Require Removal Surgery
A large number of hip replacement patients are continuing to experience problems with Stryker Rejuvenate hips, which were recalled last year due to an increased risk of failure as the components rub against each other during normal use, often resulting in the need for surgical removal and revision.
Our hip replacement lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. represent individuals nationwide who are pursuing financial compensation through a product liability lawsuit as a result of a Stryker Renuvenate hip failure, as it appears that the manufacturer sold a defectively designed modular hip components, which is prone to fret, corrode and loosen over time.
Did Your Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Fail?
Unlike traditional artificial hip systems, which feature a single femoral component, the Stryker Rejuvenate hip contains a modular neck stem, which consists of a metal neck that sits inside of a metal stem.
Stryker promoted this as a superior design, allowing surgeons to customize the length of the implant for certain aspects of a patient’s anatomy and hip biomechanics.
However, only a few years after the component was introduced, it became apparent that a higher-than-expected number of Stryker Rejuvenate hips were failing and resulting in removal surgery.
As the patient goes about their normal daily activities, microscopic metallic debris may be released into the body from the metal parts rubbing against each other.
These problems are similar to those experienced with controversial metal-on-metal hip replacements, which feature a metal femoral head that rotates within a metal acetabular cup. Patients face a risk of metallosis, or metal blood poisoning, which is associated with:
- Tissue Death
- Bone Necrosis
- Hip Implant Loosening
As a result of the risk of early failure, a Stryker Rejuvenate hip recall was issued in July 2012, impacting both the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular hip systems. However, since the device was first introduced in 2009, there were about 20,000 patients who received the defective hip replacement and these individuals are likely to continue to face an increased risk of complications and failures over the coming years.
A story published earlier this year in the Palm Beach Post highlights the extent of problems faced by orthopaedic surgeons as a result of the Stryker Rejuvenate failing. Dr. Robert Zann, who implanted about 400 Rejuvenate hips over a period of more than two years, indicates that he has already had to perform revision surgery on at least 100 patients and estimates that he will have to remove another 100 in the coming months and years.
Lawyers for Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Complications
Individuals who received a Stryker Rejuvenate hip have important legal rights, and financial compensation may be available for complications caused by the defective design of this modular neck stem system. To review whether yourself, a friend or family member may be eligible to participate in a Stryker Rejuvenate hip complications lawsuit, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.