Do You Have A Recalled Stryker Hip? Learn How To Find Out If You Do.
If you have received a hip implant in the past few years, you may be wondering whether your device is one of the recalled Stryker hips. There has been wide media coverage on the risks that these hip implants can pose to patients, including pain, swelling, hip implant failure and even risk of metal poisoning. It is important for anyone who has undergone hip replacement surgery to determine whether they are a recipient of one of these recalled Stryker hips and to be aware of the possible dangerous complications that these devices can cause.
Stryker Hip Recall
In 2012, Stryker Orthopaedics announced that they were voluntarily recalling both the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems due to problems with the devices corroding and fretting, causing possible adverse tissue reactions. There have been hundreds of patients that received these hip implants that have needed to undergo hip revision surgery due to premature failure and other severe injuries due to these defective devices. The Stryker Corporation has instructed surgeons to consider doing extensive examinations and blood testing on their patients who have these hip implants to evaluate the condition of the implant.
Is Your Hip One Of The Defective Hip Implants Devices?
The first step is to determine whether you have one of these recalled devices. It is not uncommon for a patient not to know what the name or type of device that was used for hip replacement surgery. The best place to start is to ask for your medical records from your surgeon or physician regarding your hip surgery. While you can ask the surgeon’s administrative team whether they know the type of hip implant you received, it is best to see the actual medical records to confirm.
In the case where the operation was performed at a hospital, the hospital will have a record of your admission, care and discharge. Rather than requesting all of your medical records from a hospital, you may request a copy of the operative report. An operative report is a document created by every surgeon that details the procedure performed, dates / times and medical devices use. An operative report should definitively tell you what type of hip implant device was used in your procedure.
Other documents that may itemize what hip implant you received is your medical billing statements. If you have retained these documents, looking for the device that was charged and implanted may give you the answer to your question. The devices you are looking for should be either the Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II modular-neck hip stems.
Taking A Cue From The Recall In Canada
The U.S. Stryker recall is vague when it comes of specific device numbers impacted by the recall. For patients seeking a specific device number involved with the recall, they may wish to look at the similar recall announced in Canada. The Health Canada recall includes:
A) Rejuvenate Modular Neck, 0 DEG
B) Rejuvenate Modular Neck, 8 DEG
C) Rejuvenate Modular Neck, 16 DEG
D) Rejuvenate SPT Modular Stem, Straight Press-Fit Texture TMFZ
Recall Posting Date:
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Recall Start Date:
Model or Catalog #
A) NLS-300000B, NLS-340000B, NLS-380000B, NLS-420000B
B) NLV-300800G, NLV-300800Y, NLV-340800G, NLV-340800Y, NLV-380800G, NLV-380800Y, NLV-420800G, NLV-420800Y
C) NLS-301600P, NLS-341600P, NLS-3816000P, NLS-4216000P
D) SPT-070000S, SPT-080000S, SPT-090000S, SPT-100000S, SPT-110000S, SPT-120000S
Lot or Serial #
A) All lots
B) All lots
C) All lots
D) All lots
Reason for Recall
Stryker Orthopedics has updated the instructions for use (IFU) for the Rejuvenate Modular Hip System. This is based on a reported rate of less than one percent for revisions potentially associated with fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular neck junction.
What To Do If You Have A Recalled Stryker Hip Implant?
If you are the recipient of one of Stryker’s recalled hips, you should schedule an appointment with your surgeon or physician. Stryker recommends that all patients be examined, often repeatedly, to ensure the device has not begun to fret or corrode. Some of the symptoms and complications of these defective hip implants include:
- Hip pain and/or swelling
- Hip dislocation or dysfunction
- Popping noises
- Symptoms of metal toxicity such as dizziness, headaches, tremors, heart problems and other symptoms
Even if you have no problems or symptoms, it is important to have an examination. The metallosis that can occur can lead to cobalt or chromium poisoning which can have severe health implications, even death.
Patients that have a recalled Stryker hip implant may want to seek legal advice. Hundreds of patients that had these devices implanted already have lawsuits pending against Stryker to receive compensation for their medical treatments, expenses and pain or suffering they have endured. If you have one of these devices and it must be removed, having legal counsel can help you know what is the best way to proceed to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Allow Us To Do The Work For You– For Free
Perhaps you are unsure if you received a recalled Stryker hip implant and simply want to know where you stand. While locating the information we discussed above may sound easy enough, we know that many medical facilities and doctors’ offices can be sticklers when it comes to the necessary paperwork and medical authorizations necessary to release the information related to your history. If you have unsuccessfully tried to obtain this information or would simply prefer to have our office do so, we are willing to order these records for you without any cost on your end. If it turns out that you have a recalled device, we can discuss options. If you do not have a recalled device, you owe us nothing.