Presenters at the 2013 European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFFORT) harshly criticized the use of metal-on-metal hip implants, such as the Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II hip replacements. In addition to risks associated with metal-on-metal hip implants, Doctor Ashley Blom stated there is no noticeable benefit to using the devices over alternatives.
Blom called the use of metal implants like the Rejuvenate and ABG II a “massive failure” compared to alternative devices. Stryker issued a voluntary recall of their Rejuvenate and ABG II models in July 2012 after studies showed increased risks associated with the metal hip devices.
Patients who received the devices have complained of severe metal-on-metal hip replacement side effects. Some Stryker hip replacement side effects include fretting, corrosion, tissue damage and toxic levels of poisonous metal in the blood stream.