In July 2012, Stryker voluntarily recalled its Rejuvenate hip replacement after complaints from thousands of patients implanted with their device.
Stryker Rejuvenate modular-neck hip stem system uses a ceramic component and does not involve a metal ball rubbing against a metal socket. However, the neck is made of chromium and cobalt, and the stem is coated with titanium. This causes the same complications as other defective hip implants including the release of toxic metals into the surrounding tissue and bloodstream.
The Rejuvenate device was marketed as a better fit to younger patients in need of a hip implant. Stryker claimed their hip implants provide better range of motion and last more than the expected 15 to 20 years. However, some patients experienced adverse effects and quickly underwent revision surgery to remove the defective device.
According to a statement released by Stryker, potential risks associated with the metal modular-neck stems include “fretting and /or corrosion at or about the modular-neck junction, which may result in adverse local tissue reactions manifesting with pain and/or swelling.”
The adverse side effects can include:
Legal Help for Hip Replacement Patients
If you, or someone you know, was affected by the Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering from the Stryker hip recall. Fill out the contact form on this page or call our hip replacement lawyers toll free at 888-997-5170 for a confidential case evaluation.
Click on the following link to read about the Stryker Rejuvenate Recall: Stryker Corporation Voluntary Recall F.A.Q.
For more information on this topic, visit the Defective Hip Settlement Center. Please visit the Cobalt Chromium Toxicity Resource Center for more information on cobalt & chromium toxicity, and in-depth interviews with Dr. Michael McCabe, a renowned metal toxicology expert.