A new report discusses pertinent information relating to the recall of the Stryker Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, and provides injured consumers with a possible means of redress.
The threat became more apparent in April of this year, when Stryker released an Urgent Field Safety Notice in relation to the Rejuvenate Modular Hip Implant System. This alert was the result of fears that patients with these items might experience metallosis. Metallosis can be the impetus for a host of complications, including tissue and bone damage, intense pain, allergic reactions, elevated levels of cobalt, and even a potential fatality.
These types of issues are normally associated with metal-on-metal hip implants, a category that the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG modular-neck hip stems don’t fall into because one of their parts is actually ceramic. However, these devices do have a metal neck that comes into contact with a metal stem. When stress occurs, the two components can rub against one another and shed metal debris.
This is similar to complications had with previously recalled products like the DePuy ASR. The British Medical Journal emphasized the danger that shed metal debris in these devices could pose to muscle and bone. The Lancet also published a study recommending that potential patients use alternative options other than these metal on metal implants.
Given the threat that the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems pose, patients are advised to consult a surgeon. If you’re forced to incur an injury, you might also consider getting in touch with a personal injury lawyer. Plus, stay tuned for further developments on this important topic.