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Stryker Hip Recall - What Happened and Why Now

Stryker Hip Recall
On July 6, 2012, Stryker Corporation announced a recall of the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular hip replacement systems due to a higher than expected number of people experiencing pain and other symptoms so severe that a second hip replacement surgery became necessary. Some of the symptoms of a failing Stryker hip implant are severe pain, inflammation, loosening or detachment of the implant, dislocation of the implant components or fracture of the bone around the implant. The Rejuvenate Modular Hip Replacement System was approved for use in 2008 and the ABG II Modular Hip Replacement System was approved in 2009. There have been roughly 60 complaints made to the FDA's MedWatch program regarding the two implant devices thus far. The Stryker hip recall comes as the second recall of hip replacement products because of the danger of metal corrosion and fretting; the first, the DePuy hip recall, came in 2010 and has already affected thousands of patients. Major newspapers such as the The New York Times have published multiple articles about the issues and potential for more widespread problems for persons with implants like these.

Stryker Hip Replacement Systems Recalled

The Stryker hip recall only involves the Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular Hip Replacement Systems sold between 2008 and 2012. Stryker halted worldwide distribution of these products at the time of the recall, in July of 2012.

Stryker Hip Implant Metal CorrosionMetal Parts Lead to Hip Implant Problems

When the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular Hip Replacement Systems were released, they were marketed as being safer than other joint replacement systems which utilize metal-on-metal bearings. Whereas typical metal-on-metal devices are made of two metal parts to replace the original ball-and-socket joint, Stryker's hip replacement systems have more than two parts and are made of a mix of metal, ceramic and polyethylene. However, Stryker's modular hip replacement systems have proven to have the exact same problem as do metal-on-metal bearings implants. The metal parts in either of these types of hip replacement systems can generate debris through normal wear. That debris then leads to inflammation and tissue damage. The U.K. agency in charge of medical device regulation issued a warning on the debris caused by this type of device in 2010.

High Failure Rate is Anticipated for Stryker Hip Recall Components

The National Joint Registry of England and Wales completed a 2010 study that showed 12-13% of recalled Stryker hip replacement products necessitated a second hip replacement within 5 years or the original hip replacement surgery. That means 1 out of every 8 hip replacements with this implant system will have a total failure and an even greater number may experience less severe hip replacement problems. Statistics of this sort are not yet available for the Stryker hip recall, but these products have been recalled for similar reasons. The FDA is still collecting data on adverse events caused by the replacement parts included in the Stryker hip recall.

Stryker Hip Revision Surgery - Enduring Hip Replacement Surgery, Again

Hip revision surgery is surgery to correct or replace a hip replacement system. With a significant rate of premature failure, thousands of patients may need to undergo a second complicated and painful hip replacement procedure. Recovery and rehabilitation time are significant and pose a serious challenge for patients, both financially and mentally.

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