Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Replacements
On paper, the Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement system looks great.
Most hip replacements have a one-piece “neck and stem” design, in which one big, chunky piece fits inside another big, chunky piece. They can work just fine, but they can limit mobility.
Instead of this “monoblock” design, the Stryker Rejuvenate has six “stems” and 16 “necks,” which means that it can be adjusted to suit the needs of the body of each person in whom it is implanted, and that it permits a greater range of motion. At least, that was the idea.
In practice, though, all those necks and stems means that a large number of pieces are rubbing against other pieces every time you take a step.
Hey, you may be thinking, bone rubs against bone in the human body, and that’s not necessarily a problem.
Well, yes, sometimes that’s true, but, then, sometimes it’s not. Bone-on-bone friction can indeed release potentially dangerous bone fragments into the body.
But here’s why the piece-on-piece friction in the Stryker Rejuvenate is a problem.
In the Stryker Rejuvenate device, the “necks” are made of cobalt and chromium, and the “stems” are made of titanium-coated metal. When these metals rub against each other, tiny particles of metal can rub or flake off and enter the bloodstream.
Hey, you may be thinking, metal inside the human body isn’t necessarily a problem. I have silver fillings in my teeth, I had braces as a kid, and my brother has that pin in his leg.
Well, yes, sometimes it’s true that metal implants have been safely used for years in implanted devices like fillings and surgical pins. Most such devices are made of surgical-grade stainless steel.
But here’s why the metals in the Stryker Rejuvenate are a problem.
Cobalt, one of the metals used in the Rejuvenate, can be toxic, especially when tiny fragments of it are released into the bloodstream.
Chromium, another of the metals used in the Rejuvenate, can also be toxic, especially when tiny fragments of it are released into the bloodstream.
Why Stryker chose to put these two potentially toxic metals in its Rejuvenate hip replacement devices – especially since it used them at the sites of greatest friction – is, in our opinion, baffling. But that’s what the company did.
Anyone could have foreseen that thousands of people who have been implanted with Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement devices would eventually file lawsuits. And that’s exactly what has happened.
Some people with Stryker Rejuvenate devices have experienced such health problems as pain, infection, reduced mobility, and a toxic condition called metallosis.
In really bad cases, those fragments of metal can cause tissue damage, neurological damage, even blindness.
Even worse than these serious health problems is the fact that Stryker knew full well that the metals in the Rejuvenate were potentially toxic – yet they didn’t see fit to tell us about it.
In our opinion, this means that Stryker is liable for any damages its products have caused.
If you’re one of the thousands of people whose health has been compromised by the Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement device, we want to help you seek out the financial compensation to which you may be entitled.
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