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The photos to the right show some examples of the Rejuvenate and ABG II products. These products were manufactured by Stryker Orthopaedics as part of their modular total hip replacement line. Modular in this context means that the hip replacement is split into pieces: the head, neck, and stem (from top to bottom) as shown in the photos. By separating these into pieces, surgeons were able to mimic or correct, as necessary, the anatomy of each patient.
However, these products are experiencing corrosion, fretting, and wearing between the neck and the stem interact with one another. As an individual moves, stands, and lives, these two metal surfaces are rubbing and interacting with one another, releasing metal ions into the blood stream and into the local tissue. This metallosis is causing a wide range of symptoms in patients, including:
Even patients who are not currently experiencing symptoms such as pain or swelling may still be having metallic particles released into their body. A blood serum cobalt test should be performed on any individual who has one of these recalled products implanted to determine whether or not their implant is currently experiencing problems which will ultimately cause further health problems.
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