Stryker Hip Recall – Rejuvenate & ABG II Modular Recall Information.

The Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II brands were recalled because friction between the neck and stem, made of cobalt and chromium, release toxic metal ions into the surrounding tissue. This Stryker Hip Recall affects thousands of patients. If you, or someone you know, is affected by a recalled Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABG II hip implant, the pertinent information compiled on our site can guide your next steps.

You possibly received Stryker Orthopedics’ “Urgent Product Correction” letter sent out to all affected customers on April 23, 2012. Do you have an advocate working on your behalf for your Stryker Rejuvenate hip problems? All it takes is 3 simple steps! Start by sharing your story with us through our free evaluation form on this page or we invite you to give us a call, toll free, at 888-817-2527 for a confidential case review.

Our product liability attorneys are qualified to protect your best interest and legal rights. At Kershaw, Cook & Talley, we represent hundreds of hip replacement patients.  We have decades of expertise in fighting and winning cases in the mass tort and medical device arenas.

What You Don’t Know About Your Implant Can Hurt You.

The subsequent devastation from the widespread failure of various artificial hip implants is known as one of the worst disasters in orthopedic history.  Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II Modular Hip Implants are part of the growing list of potentially defective devices.

In the last few years, a number of manufacturers of metal-on-metal (MOM) hip implants came under fire. Two of Stryker Orthopedics’ modular hips systems were recalled in July of 2012. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Stryker hip recall includes more than 20,000 prosthetic hips surgically implanted into patients nationwide between 2008 and 2012. The fallout from these malfunctioning devices ranges from moderate to severe, life threatening health problems.

Most patients are unaware of the health consequences and unknown trauma from the Stryker Rejuvenate Hip and the Stryker ABG II Hip Implants until it is too late.

Many hip replacement patients who contact our firm experience hip pain and swelling. They discover their discomfort is not simply a pulled muscle or back issues, as many doctors initially believed, but rather fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction of their hip. This corrosion from the failing devices in some cases releases toxic cobalt and chromium metal particles into the hip joint. These particles cause hip patients serious, negative, short and long-term health consequences.

Dr. Michael McCabe, our lead expert in the field of toxicology, comments on the Stryker hip problems. He states, “The main concern are that blood levels of cobalt and chromium are higher in these individuals with poorly functioning implants. The levels in blood are higher than seen prior in other circumstances.” Dr. McCabe recommends people with MOM hip implants immediately receive a simple cobalt and chromium toxicity test. This test is administered by a doctor, and determines whether the implant is causing internal damage.

Hip implant patients, and their loved ones, now search the Web and YouTube for reliable, up-to-date information on the Stryker hip recall. We received an overwhelming response, with more than one million hits, here at our Cobalt-Chromium Toxicity Resource Center since its inception last year. Our team at Kershaw, Cook & Talley created this resource center for those impacted from this unfortunate situation. Our focus is educating our clients by providing the tools necessary to make informed decisions about their health, and ensure their legal rights are protected. Click on the hyperlink for a comprehensive list of questions to ask your doctor.

What is Broadspire?

Broadspire is a “third party claims administrator”  that Stryker and DePuy hired in order to help the manufacturers deal with more than 100,000 individuals who received recalled DePuy ASR and Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABG II prosthetic hips. Their role is similar to an insurance claims adjuster. Specifically, Stryker and DePuy retained Broadspire to retrieve information from people with recalled ASR and Rejuvenate hips. They try confirming with hip patients whether or not their hips are recalled. The adjusters then determine the type of compensation which is paid to individuals for their various out-of-pocket expenses. It is important to know that Broadspire, and third party administrators similar to Broadspire, work for and represent the hip manufacturers, not the patients. As a result, anything you share with a Broadspire adjuster can and, may, be used against you once you are involved in subsequent litigation. Therefore, keep this in mind when communicating with any Broadspire employee. The key is making sure you have an advocate protecting you, and working on your behalf for your Stryker hip implant problems. If not, all it takes is 3 simple steps! Start by sharing your story with us through our free evaluation form on this page or we invite you to give us a call, toll free, at 888-817-2527 for a confidential case review.

Stryker Hip Recall: Why Have Stryker Hip Implants Been Removed From Global Distribution?

As previously mentioned, Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II brands were recalled because friction between the neck and stem, made of cobalt and chromium, are releasing toxic metal ions into surrounding tissue. We outlined in a video on our YouTube Channel that motion in the modular neck junction, where the two metal pieces meet, is leading to corrosion and excessive wear and tear. Consequently, cobalt and chromium particles are released into the hip joint causing irreparable soft tissue damage. The particles destroy muscle, tendons, and also inhibit bone growth. The metal particles enter the blood stream causing a host of systemic health problems. Specifically, high cobalt and chromium levels are linked to: cancer, heart problems, thyroid problems, depression, chronic fatigue, and rashes.

Stryker Hip Problems: Symptoms, Signs and Complications You May ‘Or May Not’ Be Aware Of

Some patients experience adverse local tissue reactions (ALTR) manifesting in pain, swelling and/or difficulty walking, However, some patients have no symptoms at all. In any case, serious, underlying health problems from cobalt and chromium toxicity result in a plethora of harmful side effects including:

  • Metallosis (a build-up of metallic debris)
  • Tissue necrosis (the cell death of affected tissues)
  • Osteolysis (the death of bone cell due to blood supply issues)
  • Corrosion and black rusted metal
  • Muscle damage
  • Tissue inflammation
  • Pseudo-tumor formation
  • Fibrous tissue masses
  • Milky fluid around joint
  • Infection
  • Elevated CO levels and inflammatory markers
  • Unexplained rashes
  • Hypersensitivity / allergic response
  • Loosening of the implant
  • Dislocation of the ball and socket
  • Fractured femurs
  • Broken devices

According to an article published by Dr. Stephen Tower in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery there are other significant, non-internal symptoms of cobaltism, or cobalt poisoning. These symptoms may include:

  • Headaches
  • Hearing loss
  • Blindness
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Cognitive decline
  • Convulsions
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Heart failure
  • Hypothyroidism

What Stryker Hip Implant Patients Need To Do Right Now!

Stryker Orthopedics, the manufacturer of the failed prosthetic devices, advises hip replacement patients without current symptoms simply continue following the post-operative plan outlined by their surgeon. However, this advice has negative and traumatic long-term consequences, both physically and financially.  Whether or not you have pain, swelling or other unexplained symptoms, immediately have your blood tested for cobalt and chromium. Patients with cobalt and chromium levels above 0.3 micrograms per liter (mg/l) or parts per billion (ppb) need to be monitored since these levels are abnormal. At this juncture, it is also imperative that patients contact a Stryker Rejuvenate attorney who helps protect their legal rights. The manufacturers must assume financial responsibility for their negligence which entitles patients to monetary compensation for their pain and suffering.

Statute of Limitations: Is The Clock Ticking on Your Stryker Hip Recall Case? Y-E-S!

If you have a Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABG II hip implant, get in touch with an attorney right away. Time is of the essence with the statutes of limitations for these cases. In most states, the Stryker Hip Recall deadline is 2 years but some states have statutes of limitations run in as little as 1 year! According to Medical Device Attorney, Stuart Talley of Kershaw, Cook & Talley, “The Stryker Corporation may tell you they’re going to take care of you in the future if something bad happens. But if you don’t file a Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuit within the statute of limitations, and you don’t have your rights protected, you could end up being completely on your own.” If a lawsuit is not filed within the time allotted by each state, patients are barred from recovering compensation for their injuries and future surgeries. Hip replacement patients need a Stryker Rejuvenate lawyer NOW to protect their rights.

Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Failure: Protecting Your Best Interest And Getting the Help You Deserve

You potentially received Stryker Orthopedics’ “Urgent Product Correction” letter sent out to all affected customers on April 23, 2012. The letter identifies the product, the problem, action for hip replacement patients, and advice on where to turn. However, some patients are not receiving their entitled medical and financial assistance. You should have a legal advocate!

Stryker Orthopedics, the manufacturer of these modular hip implants, may pay billions of dollars in settlements and legal costs arising from hip replacement lawsuits. Injured hip replacement patients often qualify for compensation for costly revision surgeries. In addition, patients with Stryker hip problems are eligible to receive monetary compensation for lost wages, medical bills, future treatment, and pain and suffering.

Therefore, if you or someone you know, is affected by a recalled Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABG II hip implant,  contact one of our product liability attorneys qualified to protect your best interest and your legal rights. At Kershaw, Cook & Talley, we represent hundreds of hip replacement patients who, for decades, continue to rely on our knowledge and expertise in fighting and winning cases in the mass tort and medical device arenas. All it takes is 3 simple steps! Start by sharing your story with us through our free evaluation form on this page or we invite you to give us a call, toll free, at 888-817-2527 for a confidential case review.

At Kershaw, Cook & Talley, we look forward to serving you and your family.



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