Stryker® Hip Implants
For thousands of patients throughout the United States, Stryker Corporation’s Rejuvenate and ABG II metal hip implants are failing and causing serious, and even life-threatening injuries.
These hip implant devices fail at an alarmingly high rate. Thousands of patients throughout the United States have suffered from serious complications, adverse side effects, and even revision surgery after receiving a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II model metal hip implant device.
Stryker Hip Rejuvenate & ABG II Metal Hip Implants Recalled
In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration announced that the Stryker Corporation was issuing a voluntary recall of their Rejuvenate and ABG II metal hip implants. Repeated testing proved that the artificial metal joints in these devices to corrode and break down quickly due to normal wear and tear.
This corrosion generates increasing amounts of toxic metal debris that enters a patient’s surrounding tissues and bloodstream, causing dangerous side effects including:
- Pain in the groin, hip or leg
- Swelling on and around the hip joint
- Painful and pronounced limp
- High levels of metal in the bloodstream, a condition known as Metallosis
- Cobalt or Chromium poisoning
Prior to the 2012 recall, over 30,000 of these implants were sold worldwide, with over 20,000 sold within the U.S alone. Thousands of patients that received a Stryker Hip Implant between 2008 and 2012 may still be at risk of experiencing dangerous side effects or revision surgery due to device failure.
Safety Alert Issued for Stryker LFit V40 Femoral Head Components
Stryker Corporation is one of the leading manufacturers of medical devices including hip implant devices for patients who are in need of Hip Replacement Surgery. Over the past several years the FDA has put out numerous safety alerts on Stryker products, and many hip replacement parts made by Stryker have been recalled.
Now Stryker Corporation has received a high number of complaints regarding its LFit V40 femoral head metal hip implant components. LFit V40 femoral heads are components used in total hip replacement surgeries. Thousands of doctors and patients have issued complaints stating that these devices are defective and prone to high rates of failure.
When metal hip implant devices fail and break down, it can cause severe complications and health problems for patients. In some cases, patients may even need to undergo painful and expensive revision surgery to remove a defective metal hip implant device.
The LFit V40 femoral head devices at the center of this safety alert were manufactured between 2001 and 2011. Early information indicates that there are likely more than 300,000 of these devices implanted in patients, with a possible failure rate of 20-30%.
Government oversight agencies in both Canada and Australia have issued major safety announcements to doctors and patients about the high rate of failure among LFit V40 Femoral Head components. The Canadian government went as far as to issue an official recall of these components, sighting “higher than expected complaints of…failure.”
These agencies warn that patients that receive one of these defective LFit V40 femoral head metal hip implant components could experience symptoms including:
- Loss of mobility
- Adverse local tissue reaction
- Joint instability
- Broken bones around the components
- Leg length discrepancy
- Revision surgery
Henson Fuerst Can Help
If you or a loved one experienced pain and discomfort, or required a second surgery after receiving a Stryker Hip Implant, you may be entitled to compensation. Stryker Corporation has set aside billions of dollars to compensate patients that required painful and expensive revision surgery due to their defective Rejuvenate and ABG II model hip implant devices.
Call the experienced North Carolina Product Liability attorneys at Henson Fuerst immediately at (919) 781-1107 or complete a free initial consultation form to learn more about your legal rights.
Medical device manufacturers must be held accountable for the damage a defective product can cause to you, a family member or loved one. At Henson Fuerst we will diligently advocate for your rights and do everything in our power to ensure that justice is served.