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Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Device Hit with Lawsuit

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Dianne Pingel has filed a lawsuit in Bergen County Superior Court against Stryker Orthopedics, also known as Howmedica Osteonics Corporation, alleging that the Rejuvenate hip device is defective and caused the plaintiff serious complications.

According to the lawsuit, Pingel was implanted with the Rejuvenate hip system in October 2011, and began to suffer pain within months. The suit says that a subsequent X-ray show the device was properly situated, and that the plaintiff showed no sign of infection. However, the plaintiff claims that the metal levels of her blood were high.

The lawsuit says that in June 2012, surgeons had to remove abnormal tissue growth around the implanted hip, and insert a revision stem, during which time her femur was fractured. The lawsuit says that Pingel has had to undergo multiple surgeries as she continued to suffer complications including a hip dislocation. Pingel is now in a nursing home for treatment.

The Rejuvenate system entered the market in 2010, Pingel’s attorney said, yet Stryker has already recalled the device saying on its website that they initiated the recall “due to the potential risks associated with modular-neck stems. These risks include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular-neck junction, which may result in adverse local tissue reactions manifesting with pain and/or swelling.” disclaimer: This article: Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Device Hit with Lawsuit was posted on Friday, August 10th, 2012 at 8:16 pm at and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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