Stryker has issued a voluntary recall of two hip replacement products because of potential health risks associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The products are:
- Stryker Rejuvenate Modular
- ABG II modular-neck hip stems
According to documentation on the Stryker website, “there is a potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular-neck junction, which may lead to adverse local tissue reactions manifesting with pain and/or swelling.“
If you or someone you care about has received a hip replacement using a recalled Stryker hip implant product and experienced pain, swelling or elevated metal levels in your blood, call us or fill out a free online consultation form for an immediate evaluation of your case.
What Caused the Stryker Hip Replacement Recall?
The recalled Stryker hip replacements are metal-on-metal systems, which mean both the ball and liner are made of metal. The alleged potential health concern is metallosis, a condition of elevated heavy metal toxicity. Metallosis can occur when metal hip components rub against one another causing particles of chromium and cobalt to be released into the blood.
Left untreated, metallosis may cause tissue death or damage to the artificial hip, which may lead to its failure. Other health concerns stemming from metallosis include potential liver and/or kidney damage; eyesight and/or hearing loss; enlargement of the heart; and bladder cancer.
How Do I Know If Have Metallosis?
While you should always consult your doctor or physician regarding health-related issues, Stryker recommends you speak with your hip surgeon if you are experiencing a painful hip, sore hip, or swelling in or around your replaced hip.
Though symptoms of metallosis may go unnoticed, it can be detected through simple blood tests measuring the metal ions in your blood stream.
How Do I Know If My Hip Implant Is One Being Recalled?
Stryker recommends reviewing your medical records or contacting your hip replacement surgeon to find out if you’ve received a Rejuvenate Modular or ABG II modular-neck hip system.
What Should I Do If I Have a Recalled Stryker Implant?
Always consult with your doctor or physician regarding any health-related issues, but if you or someone you care about has had a hip replacement using a recalled Stryker hip implant product and experienced pain, swelling, or elevated metal levels in your blood, we’d like to speak with you right away. Call us or fill out a free online consultation form for an immediate evaluation of your case.