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Another faulty hip.

In July 2012, Stryker, one of the world’s largest medical device manufacturers, recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants. Medical device industry insiders think the recall was prompted by a large number of adverse event reports received by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by recipients experiencing failures of the two hip replacement systems, with symptoms including pain, swelling, and metal toxicity, which required revision surgeries to replace the defective implants.

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More parts, more problems.

The recalled implants differ from most other hip replacements components in that they consist of four parts rather than two: a femoral stem; a metal neck; a ball; and an acetabular cup. Many hip replacement candidates were told that the Stryker models were safer than traditional metal-on-metal implants because the acetabular cup was lined with polyethylene. Unfortunately, the four-part design was still susceptible to fretting and corrosion due to the extra moving parts.

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Trouble from the start.

Stryker has had issues with its Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants since they were approved for use in 2009. Almost from the day they were made available to the public, Stryker’s now-recalled hip replacement devices have been fraught with problems. It is important to consult your orthopedic surgeon to determine whether or not the symptoms you might be experiencing are consistent with a failed hip replacement implant, and if that implant was manufactured and sold by Stryker.

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