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I live in Massachusetts and recently underwent hip replacement surgery. How do I find out if my device is one of the recalled Stryker hips?

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Answered by: Marilyn M. McGoldrick

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If you underwent hip replacement surgery in the past few years, it is possible that you received one of the implants made by Stryker Orthopaedics. When Stryker introduced two models, the ABG II Modular-Neck Hip System and the Rejuvenate Modular-Neck Hip System in 2009, it told patients that the new products would offer an improved range of motion and would last longer than previous models. The Rejuvenate and ABG II hip systems were approved for sale through a medical device clearance process. This process allows manufacturers to market and sell medical devices without any pre-market testing or clinical trials, provided the manufacturer can show that the device is "substantially similar" to a device already on the market. Since the time of their introduction, several defects in both the ABG II and the Rejuvenate hip systems have come to light.

On July 6, 2012, the FDA announced that Stryker had recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants. In a press release, Stryker claimed that the recall was due to potential risks with these hip replacement systems, including fretting and/or corrosion at the modular-neck junction of the system. Both corrosion and fretting can result in the release of chromium and cobalt metal ions in the body, which can be absorbed by the blood and carried to other parts of the body. The condition is referred to as metallosis. The Stryker systems had a high early failure rate, resulting in the need for patients to undergo revision surgeries to replace the devices more often than with other hip replacement systems.

Since the hip implant recall in 2012, more than 600 lawsuits have been filed against Stryker Corporation in both the federal Multi-District Litigation in Minnesota (MDL No. 2441) and the state court centralized litigation in Bergen County, New Jersey. Bellwether ("test") trials are anticipated to go forward in the MDL in the summer of 2015 while the court in New Jersey has initiated a mediation process where cases are negotiated individually. While the results of such mediations are confidential, settlements have been reported.

Thornton Law Firm LLP is at the leading edge of these cases, representing patients who have been injured by defective implants and pharmaceutical drugs. Attorney Marilyn McGoldrick heads the firm's drug and medical device practice. Thornton Law Firm LLP represents hundreds of claimants with defective metal-on-metal hip implants manufactured by Stryker and other device manufacturers. The pharmaceutical and medical device team's extensive experience includes representing claimants in litigation involving silicone breast implants, orthopedic screws, diet drugs, Vioxx and Advair. Ms. McGoldrick currently represents individuals who have been injured by various pharmaceutical drugs and devices, including transvaginal mesh, Actos, Fosamax, NuvaRing, Mirena IUDs and testosterone. Thornton Law Firm LLP has the experience and expertise to get you the compensation you deserve.



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