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In April 2012, Stryker issued an “Urgent Safety Alert” to surgeons for the two hip replacement systems. The alert listed “excessive metal debris and/or ion generation” as one of the safety risks to patients.
According to Stryker’s Safety Alert, the following problems can result:
Metallosis (release of metal ions into the tissue and blood stream);
Necrosis (premature tissue death);
Osteolysis (bone dissolution); and,
Pain and loosening of the hip implant requiring revision surgery.
In June 2012, Stryker initiated a voluntary recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, over concerns that the parts could fret or corrode, resulting in pain, swelling and inflammation in the surrounding tissue.
Although the design of the Stryker hips differs from traditional metal-on-metal hip implants, which involve and metal ball and socket, it is believed that the recalled neck stems are causing problems similar to those experienced in patients implanted with the recalled DePuy ASR systems and other metal-on-metal hip replacements targeted by pending litigation. These problems include hip implant failure and metal poisoning, which can lead to a number of problems affecting the heart, nervous system and thyroid.
The Stryker hip implant recall specifically identified pain and swelling as symptoms associated with problems related to its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems. The company advised patients to schedule follow-up appointments with their physicians, even if they were not experiencing these symptoms.
According to the FDA, the following symptoms, if experienced three or more months after surgery, may indicate that a hip implant is not functioning properly:
Hip, leg or groin pain;
Swelling at or near the hip joint;
Popping, grinding, clicking or squeaking sounds from the hip joint;
A limp or change in mobility.
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