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Seven Sue Stryker Over Recalled Rejuvenate Hip Implant

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Seven are suing device maker, Stryker, over its recalled Rejuvenate hip implant. Stryker recalled the Rejuvenate and AGB modular-neck hip stems and ceased global distribution of the products this July.

An additional seven plaintiffs have filed lawsuits in Superior Court in Hackensack, New Jersey, alleging that Stryker was negligent in selling them a defective hip replacement device, said NorthJersey.com. The seven additional plaintiffs are from Arizona, Florida, and Minnesota.

As NewsInferno reported last month, the first lawsuit against the device maker was filed by a Florida woman alleging that the recalled Rejuvenate hip implant device caused her serious complications, such as elevated metal ion levels in her blood. Ultimately, her injuries forced her to have to undergo a difficult revision surgery to remove and replace the defective Rejuvenate hip stem, said NewsInferno. More complications related to the Stryker device also forced the 66-year-old woman to undergo additional surgeries, according to the lawsuit. According to a prior report from NorthJersey.com, this lawsuit was filed in New Jersey Superior Court, Bergen County.

The seven additional plaintiffs allege that Stryker negligently tested, manufactured, and distributed the Rejuvenate device as far back as 2009, wrote NorthJersey.com. The plaintiffs said, in their separate lawsuits, that they were implanted with the now-recalled Rejuvenate implant devices between 2009 and 2011, and began experiencing pain and discomfort soon after implantation.

Follow-up diagnoses revealed that the Rejuvenate devices were loose, out of position, and causing infections, according to allegations in the lawsuit, said NorthJersey.com. In fact, doctors found tumor-like growths and fluid collection in the area of the implant, forcing the plaintiffs to undergo revision surgeries, lawsuit documentation indicated.

When Stryker recalled the device in July, it stated that the recall was associated with certain risks such as, “the potential for fretting and/or corrosion [of parts of the device], which may result in adverse local tissue reactions manifesting with pain and/or swelling,” according to NorthJersey.com.

NewsInferno indicated that Stryker initiated its recall after continued post-market surveillance revealed the Rejuvenate devices might be prone to “fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular-neck junction.” This might cause pain, swelling, and adverse reactions in area tissue.

The Rejuvenate hip implant is constructed with a chromium-cobalt stem, a titanium neck, and a non-metallic ball. This device is different in design to the DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled ASR hip implant and other “metal-on-metal” devices in which the ball and cup are both made with cobalt and chromium, noted NewsInferno.

Regardless, issues are mounting with the Rejuvenate device and focus on the fact that it, too, may cause many of the same problems seen with metal-on-metal hip replacements. In fact, this May, Stryker released a report that discovered that metal, two-part modular-neck systems, such as what is seen in the Rejuvenate device, may lead to the same types of adverse local tissue reactions seen in metal-on-metal device patients, said NewsInferno.

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