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The Difference Between Damages Caused by the DePuy and Stryker Defective Hip Products

In our November 13, 2012 Blog posting, we told you about the newly recalled Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular hip implants. These devices were recalled in July 2012 because of wearing and corrosion of the metal parts of the artificial hip system. This corrosion results in metal toxicity, pseudotumors, and tissue damage, similar to that caused by the recalled DePuy ASR hip systems.

Unfortunately for Stryker patients, it is now clear that the treatment required to stop the tissue damage caused by the defective Stryker hips is a complicated revision surgery. The DePuy ASR typically fails because the metal ball rubs against the metal socket, causing debris. A revision surgery usually involves removing the ball at the very end of the stem and replacing the cup. The metal rod, or stem, that had been inserted into the center of the femur bone is not touched.

Unlike traditional metal on metal hips, the Rejuvenate and ABG II do not have a metal ball and cup. Instead, the metal debris in patients with these hips comes from the juncture between the two component pieces that make up the metal stem. Revision surgery for a failed Rejuvenate or ABG II hip is a complex surgery where the entire femoral stem is removed and replaced with another, larger metal stem. Because the stem is inserted down the center of the femur bone, removal is quite traumatic, and frequently results in fractures to the femur itself, which then have to be repaired with more metal hardware. The end result is a complicated and prolonged recovery process, with a high potential for permanent loss of function.

SUGARMAN has formed a team led by partners Stephen Sugarman and Benjamin Zimmermann to represent clients who have been injured as a result of defective Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants. If you have any questions regarding a Stryker hip implant, please call Stephen or Ben at 617-542-1000 or email ssugarman@sugarman.com, or bzimmermann@sugarman.com.