In June of 2012, Stryker initiated a voluntary recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems due to the potential for fretting and corrosion at the modular-neck junction. This defect can result in various adverse local tissue reactions, as well as pain, swelling, limitation on range of motion, and premature device failure. This device has been implanted in thousands of patients throughout the United States since it was first cleared for sale in 2008.
“The problems with metal on metal interfaces in orthopedic device implants has been well known and documented for years,” says an attorney with the firm, “I have represented hundreds of people over the past decade who have suffered from premature device failure due to problems with hip and knee implants, and it is unfortunate that these defective devices continue to be distributed by manufacturers who are more concerned with their bottom line than patient safety.”
New Jersey recently established a Multi-County Litigation for the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II lawsuits and consolidated them before the Honorable Brain R. Martinotti in Bergen County. This coordinated litigation allows for the efficient administration of Rejuvenate and ABG II lawsuits for patients throughout the country. Attorney Kincannon was appointed to the science committee in recognition of his expertise in handling hip implant claims.
“Patients are often reluctant to contact an attorney because they are concerned that their doctors will be implicated,” Kincannon explains. “They like their doctors and don’t want this recall to drive a wedge between them and their healthcare providers. However, our position is that the doctors were not aware of the problems with these implants and would not have used them if they knew the risks. We work with our clients’ doctors, not against them.”
Common symptoms for patients with a failing hip implant include elevated metal ions in blood or urine tests, pain, swelling, and grinding or clicking noises. Patients are encouraged to speak to their doctors if they are experiencing any symptoms or suspect that they may have a defective implant. If you or a loved one is suffering from what you believe may be a defective hip implant, please contact our office today for a free consultation.