Stryker Orthopedics recalls hip implants

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On July 6, 2012, Stryker Orthopedics announced that it was voluntarily recalling certain hip implant medical devices.  According to the company’s website, the recalled products are the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. The recalls were prompted by fears over risk of corrosion of the metal hip components which could result in pain, swelling, and tissue damage.

The recalled products were first marketed in 2009 and were intended to allow greater precision and ability to customize the implant to the individual patients, theoretically resulting in better fit and longer lasting results.  In announcing the recall, a Stryker representative stated “there is a potential for fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction which may lead to adverse local tissue reactions.

In April, Stryker recalled a metal-on-metal hip implant–the Accolade femoral stem, which was used together with the MITCH TRH modular head/acetabular cup. That recall was prompted by significantly higher revision rates.

The Stryker recalls follow recalls and/or warnings for metal-on-metal hip implants manufactured by DePuy, Zimmer, Biomet, Wright Orthopedics, and others.

For more information, contact the Ohio Stryker hip replacement lawyers at Clark, Perdue & List.

Source: Reuters, “Stryker recalls certain hip implant products,” July 6, 2012.