Fretting and Corrosion
In July 2012, Stryker Corporation issued a recall of the Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II hip replacement systems after the implants were linked to an increased risk of fretting and corrosion.
Stryker hip replacement fretting occurs when the modular stem and neck components of the implant are not secure. Movement between the hip stem and neck can result in friction, which wears at the implant over time. Corrosion occurs when the metal portion of the implant interacts chemically with its surroundings.
Fretting and corrosion of the hip implant increase the risk for metallosis, a type of metal poisoning. According to the British Medical Journal, metal poisoning occurs when metal debris flakes off of the implant and releases toxic levels chromium and cobalt ions into the bloodstream.
Fretting and corrosion can also lead to other severe hip replacement problems including implant loosening, fractures, osteolysis, hip pain and limited mobility. Patients filing Stryker lawsuits allege that Stryker Corporation knew about problems associated with the hip replacements before they were recalled.
If you were implanted with a Stryker hip replacement system and experienced fretting or corrosion, metal poisoning, hip dislocation or other complications, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Contact the Stryker hip lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP to learn more about your legal rights by calling toll free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out a free case evaluation form on the right of this page.