Medical manufacturer Stryker Corporation is moving its chief legal officer to a part-time lawyer role following Stryker hip replacement lawsuits filed against the company. Patients allege that the Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II Modular hip replacements caused serious injuries.
Stryker issued a hip replacement recall in July 2012 for the Rejuvenate and ABG II following studies that showed the devices failed at a much higher rate than expected. The metal-on-metal hip replacements contained components that could rub together and create serious complications over time, with many of the Stryker hip replacement side effects requiring revision surgery.
Patients who received a Stryker hip implant have complained of severe side effects, including premature loosening of the hip, tissue damage, pain, inflammation and toxic levels of metal in the bloodstream. Stryker lawsuits allege that the company released a defective device without properly testing for side effects.