Stryker Orthopaedics voluntarily recalled its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck stems – a component of metal-on-metal hip implants – for possible fretting or corrosion on or about the modular-neck junction, which could cause swelling or pain in patients.
Stryker will also remove Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems from the market and cease global distribution of these products, according to a company release. It said that the incidence of complications is very low. However, patients who experience pain and/or swelling at the local joint site should consult their surgeon.
"Following this action, we will work with the medical community to better understand this matter as we continue to evaluate the data," said Stuart Simpson, Stryker’s Vice President and General Manager of Hip Reconstruction, in a statement.
Patients uncertain if they have one of these products implanted should contact their surgeon or consult their medical records.
Various warnings and recalls have been issued for metal-on-metal hip implants in the past, such as DePuy’s ASR device. Last month, the Food and Drug Administration met to discuss the safety of the medical devices.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by an unsafe medical device, contact Sokolove Law for a free legal consultation and to find out if a product liability lawyer may be able to help you. For legal help, call (800) 581-6358.