Attorney Robert Sickels recently filed an action in Macomb County Circuit Court on behalf of a man who was forced to have implants in both hips removed just a few years after the devices were first put in. Both implants were Stryker Rejuvenate products.
The lawsuit alleges that the implants failed, and that the metal surfaces in each device’s neck and stem began to rub against one another, causing metallic debris to shed, causing damage to the surrounding tissues. Blood tests revealed the presence of heavy metal ion contamination, and MRI results showed fluid collections around the hip implant. During the subsequent surgeries to remove both devices, the damage caused by the metal debris was clearly visible.
As we’ve described in a prior blog post, the Rejuvenate device was implanted in an estimated 20,000 patients before Stryker issued a recall in July 2012 that also included its ABG II product, another modular stem design. Typically, hip implants are expected to last 15 to 20 years, but many Rejuvenate patients have suffered failures within two to five years after implantation. The Rejuvenate product was approved for sale in the U.S. in 2008.
If you or someone close to you has had a hip implant, but continues to suffer pain and discomfort, it may be the result of a defective implant design, and we urge you to contact us immediate to discuss the situation. You can also read more about the Stryker Rejuvenate and other replacement devices by clicking here.