The European Commission (EC) released a fact sheet about metal-on-metal hip replacements such as the Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II hip implants that calls the metal parts long lasting and their side effects potentially dangerous. The EC noted in particular the large “head” component of metal hip replacements as the most likely part to lead to serious complications.
Metal hip replacement manufacturers face a wave of metal hip implant lawsuits after studies have found the devices fail at a much higher rate and can lead to severe side effects. Stryker issued a hip implant recall for the Rejuvenate and ABG II systems after studies found that patients were suffering from serious complications, including tissue damage and toxic levels of metal in the blood stream.
Stryker agreed to pay $1.43 billion to settle thousands of Stryker lawsuits, but patients who suffered complications that required revision surgery may still be eligible to take action against the company. The settlement is expected to pay about $300,000 to patients who required revision surgery after receiving a Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABG II hip replacement.