The reason why the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants fail is because the hip implant stems are prone to corrosion leading to:
Device wear and tear, such as corrosion and fretting
Excessive metal debris leading to metal ion generation (blackened flesh)
Inflammation and/or infection of the surrounding connective tissue
All of these severe medical issues often combine to cause early failures of the prosthesis. While many hip prosthesis can last 10-15 or even up to 20 years or more in some cases, some Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants have failed within as little as 6 months.
The Medical world is talking. The following are actual failure report quotes from the Food and Drug Administration:
“This is the patient’s fourth revision. Patient had a Rejuvenate stem and an ADM cup from the previous surgery done early April. Patient continued to dislocate.”
“[Patient] was complaining of severe pain in her hip. When the surgeon opened up her hip joint, he discovered a large pseudo tumor and extensive muscle damage. When the modular was removed there was extensive corrosion noted. With black debris noted on the neck. The stem was then completely removed and the [patient] was revised.”
“Patient did well in the immediate postoperative period for at least 6 months, felt a pop, but then experienced some pain in the left hip thereafter…fluid in the soft tissues…corrosion at the head/neck junction of the stem which resembled that of a black rust…of great concern.”
Further review of FDA reported failures from the MAUDE System reveals that most commonly, failures of the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II devices are associated with:
Popping in the joint
Weakness in the joint
Clicking in the Joint
If you or a loved one has a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II implant and are experiencing any of these symptoms please seek a consultation from a doctor. Further, contact an attorney experienced in medical device cases at the Stryker Hip Recall Center
In order to determine whether or not the Stryker metal on metal hip is failing and in need of a revision surgery, your doctor may elect to:
Take blood tests to monitor the levels of heavy metal ions: if levels are elevated, then revision may be suggested;
Take X-Rays of your hip;
Conduct a physical examination; and/or
Perform other laboratory tests
With revision surgeries come with far more serious complications and side effects than those associated with initial hip surgeries. This is why you may be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering along with the costs of revision surgery of your Stryker device.
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