Hip Replacement Recalls Give Claims for Lawsuits

hipsHave you or someone you know experienced a hip replacement in the last few years? According to the CDC, there have been 327,000 hip replacement surgeries in the United States. You should be aware that the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implants have been linked to an increased risk of metallosis as well as high early failure rates. Many people who have been affected may want to seriously consider filing a lawsuit.

The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hips

The Rejuvenate was granted FDA approval in 2008 and the ABG II received FDA approval in 2009, but only a few short years later in July of 2012, both were recalled. Although the ball and cup used on these replacement hips is typically made of ceramic and polyethylene, the artificial hips don’t technically qualify as metal-on-metal. However, the stem and neck are made out of metal, which means that all recipients of these implants should have received a recall letter.

List of Hip Replacement Recalls

The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II are not the only hip replacement products that cause enough discomfort for patients to consider filing a lawsuit. Below is a list of hip replacements including general information and implantation dates that may give those who have received a hip replacement a valid case:

  • Depuy ASR – If you were implanted with a DePuy ASR between August 2005 and August 2010, you may possibly have basis for a lawsuit.. The ball and cup are metal and the official recall date was 8-26-2010.
  • Depuy Pinnacle Hip – This hip has a metal ball, metal cup and three choices of liners made of metal, ceramic or plastic. These hips were implanted in the late 1990s to the present time. Cases where the liner is metal are strongest, but the polyethylene (plastic) liners may also be a basis for legal action. too.
  • Zimmer Durom Cup – These hips were implanted between March 2006 and July 2008.  Many recipients of this implant must have revision surgery due to the cup not growing into the hip.
  • Biomet Magnum M2a – Patients have been receiving this model since 2004. Although there is no recall, it is still a metal on metal model, so those who have been experiencing pain may have a basis for a lawsuit.
  • Wright Profemur, Wright Conserve, Wright Dynasty, & Wright Lineage – All of these Wright products are currently being litigated although there have been no recalls. The Wright Conserve, Wright Dynasty and Wright Lineage are all metal-on- metal. The Wright Profemur has been found to contribute many cases of femur fractures.
  • Smith Nephew – R3 Acetabular System – This only applies to the system with metal liners, as this is the only recalled device. Like the Depuy Pinncale Hip, it can use a metal, ceramic or plastic liner.

 

If you had a Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABG II modular-neck hip stem implanted since 2008 and are experiencing pain or other difficulties, contact attorney Tim O’Keeffe for further information.

If you have any of the above metal-on-metal hip replacements and are experiencing cause pain and discomfort or you needed to have them removed, Tim can provide you with further information about a possible legal claim.

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