Stryker Hip Implant Recall of Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Devices
Stryker Corporation announced the recall of its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular neck hip stems in July of 2012. Stryker warns that fretting and corrosion due to abrasive wear could lead to corrective hip revision surgery. This fretting and corrosion could lead to the following problems:
- Metallosis (Metal poisoning caused by release of metal ions into the blood stream and tissue)
- Pain or swelling in the leg, hip or groin
- Osteolysis (bone dissolution)
- Broken or loosened implants
- Necrosis (premature tissue death)
Stryker encourages patients with the device to contact their surgeons for an evaluation.
Ever since DePuy recalled its ASR hip implant, metal-on-metal, even though more durable, has been considered unsafe because metal rubbing against metal can cause metallosis. Stryker's marketed "next generation" Rejuvenate and ABG II devices included multiple neck and stem components not considered traditional metal-on-metal implants since they contained a ceramic cup. However, The Stryker implant devices place a metal femoral stem against a metal neck. An increase in the risk of metallosis can be caused by the wear between these two junctions.
Stryker did not conduct test on the safety and effectiveness of these devices in patients before they began to sell them in 2009 and 2010.
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