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What products have been recalled?
The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II products have been recalled. It is important to know that not all surgeons referred to the hip implant system by these names. The Rejuvenate and ABG II are pieces of a total hip replacement. Specifically they are the femoral stem and neck pieces. Some surgeons refer to the total hip by the acetabular head (“Trident” and other names).
How do I know if I have had one of these recalled products implanted during my hip surgery?
The only way to know if you have had one of these recalled products is to review the product identification stickers which will appear in your medical records. However, these products were only implanted into patients between November 2009 and July 2012, so if your hip replacement surgery did not take place during that time frame you did not have one of these products implanted.
I have had Rejuvenate or ABG II implanted, but am not currently experiencing symptoms, should I be concerned?
Yes. Many surgeons have discovered elevated cobalt levels in the bloodstream of Rejuvenate and ABG II patients who were not yet experiencing symptoms. This elevated level of cobalt, which is the material the hip implant is made of, indicates that the corrosion/fretting/wearing process is occurring in the patient’s body. The longer this process occurs, the greater chance for damage and further adverse consequences. If you think you or a loved one may have had one of these products implanted, please contact your doctor and Clark Mason Attorneys.
What is happening with these implants?
The Rejuvenate and ABG II are products made by Stryker Orthopaedics, and utilized in Total Hip Replacement Surgery. For information on what a Total Hip Replacement Surgery involves, click here.
To answer this question, a little bit of anatomical knowledge is needed -
A Total Hip Replacement surgery is a surgical procedure where a physician replaces the femoral head and acetabular surfaces of the hip. A simplified version of the surgery is shown below.
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