Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Lawsuit

In July, 2012, Stryker recalled its Rejuvenate and ABGII hip replacement systems.  The recall, which was late in coming, was because the Stryker hips have been demonstrated  to be vulnerable to corrosion and fretting, joint dislocation, and, because they are metal-on-metal implant, they release of metal into the body that can cause a whole host of problems.

This recall is for 30,000 of the Stryker hip systems.  As you can expect when a company says, “Oops, this product is messed up”, lawsuits have followed in massive numbers.

Stryker sold these implants hard.  And people were buying.  Like crazy. The ability to go in and surgically replace or reinforce deteriorating body parts almost seems like science fiction.  Who wouldn’t want a chance at a second lease on life with a new hip that is hoped to work almost like a new one?

If are struggling with a bad hip, you will turn to anything that solves the problem.   I don’t know what the life expectancy of Neanderthals was, but I doubt many of them made it to the age where arthritis was an issue. And, if they fractured a leg while fleeing predators, they were probably done for. Today, we have the ability to give futures to people with osteoarthritis and traumatic arthritis.  The companies have patients that are desperate for relief.

Not Stryker’s First Hip Implant Problem

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Stryker Hip Lawsuits

Stryker has been putting out orthopaedic devices for some time. In 2003, they launched the Trident series of hip implants. These were supposed to be revolutionary, largely because they were made of ceramic components instead of metal or plastic, which was then in vogue. These ceramic devices were marketed as more durable—so much so that many patients were told that they would never need another hip replacement surgery. Stryker did a great job cornering the market with their product.

The quality of these hips was a different matter all together. Customer complaints started rolling in from 2005 to 2007. It seemed that the hip implants had a tendency to squeak. They made noise when moving.  That’s a problem.  Now, most implants like this will, once in a great while, make a sound. However, the orthopaedic industry has never heard something like this.

Prompted by customer complaints, the FDA examined Stryker’s Ireland and New Jersey manufacturing plants, and found significant sterility problems. They sent letters to Stryker, attempting to prompt them to fix the problems. (Note—the sterility issues do not appear to be related to the squeaking issues). After the onslaught of problems, Stryker issued a “voluntary” recall of many of its Trident hip implant devices.

Rejuvenate  ABG II Hip Replacement Implant Neck Stem Recall

This time, the problem seems to be the design of the Stryker Rejuvenate.  It is always something with these hips. It is another bad design.  It was just a bad idea.  I think everyone gets that now.  The Stryker hip does not have a metal interface between the ball and the cup.  Not a bad thing, since the metal on metal hips have been a disaster. But the Rejuvenate hip might be just as bad. It  causes an injury just like the DePuy metal-on-metal-hips with a little different mechanism.  The metallic debris is caused by micro motion of the metal joints connecting the implant’s stem in the femur to the ball in the artificial hip.

How bad it is?  Some doctors think that as many as half of these hips could fail causing painful revision surgery.

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  • brenda jensen

    i’ve had a stryker hip implant since october,2007.and i’ve been in constant pain ever since my surgery,I cant be on my feet no longer than 10mins at a time.something needs to be done about this,i have very cronic pain every minute of every day.

  • Alice Geary

    I had a Stryker uncemented total hip arthroplasty system on my left hip. I have constant pain in my groin and left leg since it was done on August 18, 2010. I hold the Stryker uncemented total hip arthroplasty system responsible for all this pain.

  • brenda rouff

    total right hip repl 4/2004,problems off and on for 2 yrs,,,2006 x-ray said ok,,leg was 3/8 inch longer than good one,,more therapy ok for awhile again…started having problems and much pain in 2010,,in 2011 had x-ray said still in place.said longer leg was cause still much pain.sent to specialist.new doctor did bone scan and measured…implant showed it was loose a out of place..new doc did a revision and was livid on what he found..screw heads broke off and device shifted..when removed it fell out,,had to burr screws off below bone surface for new fit..all went well and so far progressing fine time will tell,,am an active femaleof 72 ys and only 120 lbs..doc indicated something wrong with device or original procedure..i have the removed part and surgical report for openers..done on 11/29/2011

  • Heath Hodges

    I had a total replacement March 7,2005 and the pain in my stryker trident psl :) became so bad i was back to taking pain medicine from a pain clinic which was the original reason for the replacement, to get off the pain medicine. Well to make a long story short I just had to have a revision of the joint that was faulty and it is not an easy procedure which they described as “simple” so the joint they promised would last had the life span of 6 years, thats a little short.
    I am also only 30 years old so due to all the pain meds we cant have kids yet either.

  • Priscilla

    I had a total replacement Sept. 1999, suffered pain, numbness, inability to walk, etc. had a revision surgery October 2007. pain is even worst, went to the surgeon, he said he cannot performed a thirds surgery, due to high risks. Ever since i have pain, numbness in my leg, toes, ankle; if I sit too long is bad, if I lay down is worst. I have been to many orthopedic specialist, neurologist, internologist. I contacted 2 attorneys, they didn’t took my case. CAN SOMEONE HELP ME PLEASE?