"The problem with the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular stems is serious, and is allegedly causing devastating problems for those who unfortunately were implanted with the devices.”
New York, New York (PRWEB) April 05, 2013
Seeger Weiss LLP continues to investigate cases for patients allegedly affected by the recall of various Stryker hip implant components that occurred last year. The July 6, 2012 Stryker hip replacement recall by Stryker Orthopaedics included the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. According to Stryker, modular-neck stems are associated with risk of corrosion or fretting surrounding the modular-neck junction. The corrosion and fretting of Stryker’s hip stems can cause painful, adverse tissue reactions and swelling around the hip.*
“The problem with the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular stems is serious, and is allegedly causing devastating problems for those who unfortunately were implanted with the devices,” says Seeger Weiss founder Christopher Seeger. Seeger Weiss LLP—with offices in New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia—represents victims of faulty medical devices and defective drugs in courts throughout the country. Seeger Weiss has a proven track record holding manufacturers accountable, having secured trial verdicts of $25 million and $18 million for victims of defective drugs over the last three years.
Voluntary Stryker Hip Recall
Stryker advises that patients who received a Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABG II modular-neck stem implant should contact their surgeon for an evaluation. During a follow-up medical evaluation, the surgeon will be able to tell if the patient’s Stryker hip implant is functioning properly. Blood work, cross sectional imaging, and metal ion testing may be included in the follow-up medical exam. If patients are unsure of whether they received a Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABG II modular-neck stem product, patients should still contact their surgeon for further information.**
Metal corrosion of Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems occurs when the stem and neck components of the device rub against each other. This corrosion can release metal ions into the patient’s bloodstream and surrounding soft tissues, causing metallosis. While symptoms are not always present, metallosis from Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems can appear as swelling and painful movement. In some patients, metallosis can lead to metal poisoning characterized by increased levels of metal ions in the blood, which is linked to various heart, kidney, thyroid, and neurological problems.***
Stryker’s decision to remove Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II hip stems has halted global distribution of these products. *
Current Stryker Hip Lawsuits
Earlier this year, the New Jersey Supreme Court designated all Stryker hip lawsuits filed within the state as multicounty litigation and consolidated these cases with in the Superior Court in Bergen County. To date, more than 80 lawsuits have been filed in New Jersey related to the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems. (In re Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and the ABG II Modular Hip Stem Litigation, No. 296)
Stryker Orthopaedics states that they are working with patients, providing reimbursement for testing, medical treatment, and revision surgery. Affected patients are told to work directly with Broadspire Services, Inc., who is acting as Stryker’s third-party claims administrator.**
To ensure that patients’ interests are put first, Seeger Weiss LLP is recommending that patients seek legal counsel prior to speaking with Broadspire. Allegedly injured patients are entitled to file Stryker hip lawsuits to seek compensation. Seeger Weiss LLP is offering free consultations for patients who endured pain, metal poisoning, hip implant failures, or revision surgery due to Stryker’s recalled hip implant components. Injured patients may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, present and future medical care, and other losses stemming from their injuries. For more information on Stryker hip recall lawsuits, visit the site, or contact Seeger Weiss LLP directly at 877-541-3273.
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