In general, hip replacement surgery replaces the head of the thighbone with a ball, and the hip socket with a shell and liner. Many common complaints are because both the ball and shell are metal, and the metal rubbing on metal causes problems. The Stryker Corporation Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems are not technically metal on metal, but they do have a metal on metal junction which can cause the same problems as a metal ball with a metal shell.
Stryker makes several different types of hip replacement systems, however, as of July 2012, two of their systems were getting a lot of attention. On July 6, 2012, Stryker issues a voluntary recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems. The Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems hip replacement systems may cause fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction. Patients who experience fretting and/or corrosion may experience pain or swelling at the joint site. Additionally, the metal on metal junction can release metal ions into the body.
If you sustained personal injuries which were caused by fretting or corrosion of Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II modular-neck stems hip replacement systems, you should consult with a physician immediately. Moreover, you should consult with a personal injury attorney to obtain legal advice about filing a lawsuit against Stryker. An experienced personal injury attorney can evaluate your claim, and give you an idea if you may be entitled to damages. Additionally, Stryker set up a patient call center regarding the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems, so before signing any documents about a settlement, or releasing information to Stryker, you should consult an experienced attorney.
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