Stryker Orthopaedics began selling the Rejuvenate hip implant in 2009. It was hailed as the “latest and greatest” in hip replacement design. It is a modular, multi-part device, much different than the traditional two- part design that includes a femoral stem with ball, fitted into a cup which is placed in the acetabulum of the pelvis. This new design was supposed to be sturdy and provide the surgeon with the benefit of fitting the device with the best length and angle for each patient – since it was built with multiple neck parts that include different lengths and angles.
A problem soon surfaced with this new modular design – with multiple metal joints connecting other metal parts, there is a risk of “fretting” from the constant movement, and the result is corrosion of the metal neck. This fretting and corrosion lead to microscopic metal debris being released in the surrounding tissue and bloodstream, causing a range of symptoms from increased pain and inflammation to other important health problems – as well as the ultimate failure of the device. This is why Stryker began recalling these hip implants in the summer of 2012.
Metal Toxicity Was a Surprise
Patients and doctors alike were surprised when excessive metal toxicity was listed as one reason for the Stryker hip recall, since it is not a metal-on-metal hip. Many doctors recommended the hip, and patients chose it, to avoid the metallosis problem being experienced with the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal model, recalled in the summer of 2010. Rejuvenate has a ceramic ball and polyethylene liner placed in the acetabular cup – so it was supposed to be safer. This is a very unfortunate result for over 20,000 patients.
Since the recall, Stryker has been recommending that patients contact their orthopedic surgeon to request blood tests to determine if there are elevated levels of chromium or cobalt present in their blood.
Is My Hip From Stryker?
The Rejuvenate model was first sold in 2009, and was recalled in August of 2012 – so it is unlikely that a new implant was received after that. The best course of action is for an implant patient to search their medical records for details, and contact our law firm for assistance. We can assist if this determination is confusing or burdensome. Our attorneys at Hogan Frick actively represent hip implant clients to seek the justice and compensation they deserve.