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STRYKER CORPORATION RECALLS REJUVENATE AND ABG II MODULAR NECK STEM HIP IMPLANTS
Stryker Corporation has recently voluntarily recalled two of their metal hip replacement components. The Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems have been recalled following concerns that they may be prone to corrosion, leading to a reaction with the surrounding soft tissue and therefore putting patients at risk. This is the latest in concerns over metal hip replacements.
The recalled Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implant neck stems attach to the artificial hip and give doctors the chance to recreate the patients’ natural hip positioning.
Stryker Corporation had previously defended the implants, stating that they could not be likened to other metal-on-metal implants. Despite this, it has been alleged that the problems associated with the recalled neck stems are strikingly similar to those experienced among patients who received metal-on-metal hip replacements, which are composed of a metal ball and metal socket.
A number of studies have found that metal-on-metal hip implant recipients may lead to serious complications such as tissue damage and the need for further surgery when the device fails. The metal components of these devices can rub against each other, releasing metallic debris into the body. This can then lead to muscle and soft tissue damage. Aside from this, there have been a number of metal-on-metal hip implant patients with high levels of cobalt in their bloodstreams. This can lead to a number of other health problems. It would therefore appear that metal hip implants are causing more complications than those made from ceramic or plastic.
Stryker hip reconstruction vice president and general manager Stuart Simpson commented on the recent developments:
“While modular-neck stems provide surgeons with an option to correct certain aspects of a patient's anatomy and hip biomechanics, given the potential risks associated with fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction, Stryker Orthopaedics decided to take this voluntary action.”
Medical experts in the United States have been looking into the potential dangers of metal hip replacements. A panel of experts from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently evaluated the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. They cautioned doctors against using them on their patients, bearing in mind the now well-known risks.
More information about the Stryker implant recall can be found HERE.
Christian Beadell, an associate Solicitor in the Clinical Negligence Department who is dealing with a number of defective hip implant claims said: “This latest recall is one of a long line of concerns raised in relation to Metal-on-Metal (MoM) implants. We are seeing new issues being raised in relation to various MoM devices almost on a monthly basis. It was only a short while ago that Smith and Nephew announced the recall of aspects of their R3 system. This situation can only serve to cause concerns in patients who have had MoM implants fitted. What is now needed is quick, decisive action from the MHRA and clear guidance on how patients with Stryker implants should proceed.”
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