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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Stryker Hip Replacement Problems

If you have a Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABG II Modular-Neck Stem Hip Replacement System, you should receive a letter informing you of the recall. The first step is to consult your doctor.

Below we have a compiled a list of frequently asked questions about the Stryker hip recall. The answers to these questions are not meant to replace personal medical advice and treatment. Remember that both the medical and legal consequences of the Stryker hip recall will depend upon your personal experience with the Stryker hip replacement systems.

Which Stryker Corporation hip replacement systems were recalled?
Only the Stryker Rejuvenate Modular or Stryker ABG II Modular Neck Stem Hip Replacement Systems have been recalled.

When would the surgeries involving the recalled Stryker hip replacements have occurred?
The Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Replacement System was approved for use in 2008 and the Stryker ABG II Hip Replacement System was released in 2009. Worldwide distribution of these products was discontinued in July of 2012.

What are some of the symptoms of a failing Stryker hip replacement system?
The Stryker hip replacement problems will differ from person to person and it is important that you consult with your doctor even if you haven't had any problems at all. The most severe problems with the Stryker hip replacement, those requiring a second hip replacement, are listed below:
  • Serious Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Loosening of the Implant, with Possible Detachment
  • Dislocation of the Hip Implant
  • Fracture of the Bone Around the Hip Implant

Will I have to have another hip replacement surgery?
If you have experienced problems with your Stryker hip replacement system a surgery for a secondary hip replacement will be likely. In other cases additional tests and monitoring may become necessary.

Stryker is offering to pay my medical bills, do I need a lawyer?
Even if Stryker claims it will cover your costs, it is to your benefit to have a lawyer. Thus far, Stryker has requested that patients submit claims for reimbursement after the fact. This presents a number of problems.

Patients may not be able to afford the costs of their revision surgery up front, and have no guarantee of receiving reimbursement later.

Even if a patient does receive adequate reimbursement for actual medical costs, they will also experience worry, pain, suffering, and aggravation, not to mention time lost from work and the impaired enjoyment of life, as a result of revision surgery to replace the recalled products.

In addition, each hip replacement has a decreased life expectancy. For example, one's first hip replacement is supposed to last on the order of fifteen years, the second ten years, and the third eight years, and so forth. By having to replace the initial hip replacement after only a couple years use, Stryker has accelerated the time table for future hip replacement.

In addition, serious medical questions currently remain unanswered. The high levels of friction in the Stryker hip system releases cobalt and chrome ions into the synovial fluid. To date, there is no clear medical literature to establish what, if any, effect these potentially carcinogenic substances may have upon the human body. Further, owing to the defective Stryker Hip Replacement System, most patients tend to shift their weight to the opposite hip, causing additional problems.

Legal representation is necessary to protect one's legal rights, obtain adequate compensation, and to ensure that a lawsuit is filed in a timely fashion such that the claim is not permanently barred, owing to the running of the state statute of limitations.

Who can file a Stryker hip recall claim?
Persons with a Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABG II modular neck stem hip replacement systems implanted between 2008 and 2012.


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