One of the world’s biggest manufacturers of orthopedic devices and medical equipment, Stryker Corporation, announced the recall of two artificial hip implant systems created by the company, namely, the ABG II and the Rejuvenate modular-neck hip stems.Its voluntary recall took place on July 6, 2012 – three months after the company released an -Urgent Field Safety Notice- to risk managers and surgeons in numerous hospitals. The notice highlights the probable health hazards linked to the two products which includes fretting and corrosion. Stryker Corporation intends to cease all global production and sales as soon as possible.s
The two modular-neck stem systems were designed to give surgeons more flexibility in fitting the femoral components in their patients. The stems are coated with titanium while the neck components are made of cobalt and chromium. When these two parts grind against one another at the neck-stem junction, metallic debris are shed into the patient’s body. In fact, all metal-on-metal implant constituents have the tendency to deteriorate over time. A person’s normal movement will naturally make the parts grind, causing shards of metal to affect neighboring tissues and enter the bloodstream.
Eventually, it has become evident that the metal-on-metal devices are not as effective and safe as the makers have implied. More and more patients reported several issues and health problems with their implants, thus filing a Stryker hip lawsuit against Stryker Corporation.
Shards of metal can lead to metallosis or metal poisoning, which will in due course lead to: Implant’s loosening Necrosis (premature tissue death) Painful revision surgery Pseudotumors (tiny sacs filled with fluid) Osteolysis (dissolution of the bone encircling the implant)
Some studies conducted by doctors and other experts suggest a connection between the absorbed metal ions and heart and neurological problems, damage to the spleen, liver, lymph nodes, and kidneys. The accumulation of reports on the drug’s adverse side effects persuaded the manufacturers to voluntarily recall the products rather than wait for the FDA to compel them.
As of June 2012, more than 45 complications involving the Stryker hip device was received by the FDA. This is also not the first time the Michigan based company recalled hip implants. Back in 2008, they also recalled the Trident Hemispherical cups and the Trident Acetabular PSL – both manufactured in Ireland.
For people who are not sure whether their implants are the recalled products, it is imperative that they pay a visit to their doctor and check their medical records. It is possible that a Stryker hip component is listed under a different code or name. Patients who are affected by the implants may be eligible to file a Stryker hip lawsuit to be able to receive compensation for the damages that have been done.