STRYKER RECALLS MODULAR NECK STEMS (REJUVENATE AND ABG II MODULAR NECK HIP IMPLANT STEMS)
On July 6, 2012, Stryker recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular Neck Hip Implant Stems after post-market surveillance indicated that the products were prone to early failure. The recalled stems were modular – in that they consisted of two metal parts that were designed to be assembled by the surgeon intraoperatively. It’s been shown, however, that this stem/neck junction increases the likelihood of metal fretting and/or corrosion and/or wear that can lead to a toxic release of metallic ions. Locally, these ions (which are largely comprised of cobalt, chromium and titanium) can cause adverse tissue reactions leading to pain, swelling, osteolysis, bone and soft tissue destruction, cup and stem loosening, dislocations and, in some instances, a devastating pseudotumor formation. The company has recommended that patients experiencing symptoms speak with their surgeons.
Weisman Kennedy & Berris, is a nationally recognized law firm dedicated to protecting the legal rights of injured victims. While the firm has a wealth of experience in handling cases involving defective hip implants, generally, over the past few years, the firm has developed a more specific familiarity with the engineering, medical and scientific issues associated with the metal-on-metal aspects of hip implants. Striving to remain ahead of the curve, lawyers at Weisman Kennedy & Berris have been educated by their review of hundreds of articles in relevant medical, scientific and engineering journals and through meetings with physicians and engineers from around the globe. As a result of our unique knowledge, lawyers at the firm have taken on leadership roles in national litigation and have been asked to deliver numerous presentations to our peers.