UPDATE NOVEMBER 2013
The federal Stryker Rejuvenate hip case are moving forward in federal court with various attorney committess having been designated by the federal judge presiding over these cases. Many of these Stryker Rejuvenate cases were filed in the federal court in Chicago but now they have been consolidated with cases in Minnesota for purposes of the initial stages of the litigation. More than 20,000 of the implants were sold in the United States before the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip recall was issued in July 2012.
Unlike traditional hip implants, which feature a single femoral component,
The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II are modular neck-stems, consist of two pieces that fit inside each other to allow the surgeon to customize the length of the femoral component based on the patient. This is unlike traditional hip implants that have only a single femoral component.
The Stryker Rejuvenate design has been linked to an increased risk of problems that may result from the release of microscopic metal debris as the chromium-cobalt neck rubs against the titanium femoral stem. This can cause the implants to corrode or fret at the modular junction, increasing the risk of inflammation and loosening of the hip implant.
As the litigation moves forward, it is expected that a small group of lawsuits will be prepared for early trial dates, known as “bellwether” cases, which are typically used as a basis to settle the remaining Stryker cases.
Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Recall Lawsuits
In July 2012, a recall was issued for the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, due to a risk of fretting or corrosion at the modular-neck junction, which may increase the risk of pain, swelling and failure of the artificial hip replacement. Prior to the recall, over 20,000 of these hip replacement systems were sold.
The Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Hip System was first introduced in February 2009. Although the hip replacements were designed to last 15 to 20 years, the manufacturer removed the modular implant system from the market just over three years later amid reports of premature failure, often requiring revision surgery to replace the artificial hip.
According to allegations raised in many lawsuits, problems with the Stryker Rejuvenate modular neck-stem design causes metal debris to be released into the body as the components rub against each other, potentially causing metallosis, inflammatory reactions and loosening of the components. Plaintiffs also claim to have suffered necrosis of surrounding tissue, and a form of bone cell death known as osteolysis. This type of claim is similar to other cases we have filed for Chicago area clients involving metal-on-metal hip replacements.
A large number of the lawsuits from Chicago based clients are expected to be brought in federal court and it is likely that there will be an multi-district litigation (MDL) given that other hip replacement suits are now in an MDL in the Northern District of Ohio.
If you received a Stryker hip replacement device, I am interested in reviewing your legal options with you for free, contact my office today.