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New Hip Device Recall Weakens Metal-on-Metal Hip Makers’ Defense

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Stryker Corp has recalled metal hip replacement devices and halted sales worldwide saying its Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacements could corrode, causing swelling and pain, and potentially harm tissue.

Attorneys believe the recall could potentially harm the argument of other device manufacturers that metal-on-metal implants are not defective, as the injuries that can be caused by the Stryker systems are the same as the injuries linked to devices involved in lawsuits.

On its website, Stryker said the incident rate of the recalled hip replacement devices was “extremely low”, but that it could be a “predictive of a trend.” Stryker executive Stuart Simpson said “While modular-neck stems provide surgeons with an option to correct certain aspects of a patient’s anatomy and hip biomechanics, given the potential risks associated with fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction, Stryker Orthopaedics decided to take this voluntary action,” Law 360 reports.

Attorneys familiar with the metal-on-metal hip replacement litigation said that at the very least, the Stryker recall gives weight to claims made by the plaintiffs that metal-on-metal devices cause injuries. disclaimer: This article: New Hip Device Recall Weakens Metal-on-Metal Hip Makers’ Defense was posted on Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 at 8:20 pm at and is filed under Uncategorized.

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