Stryker Corporation has settled the first four Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacement lawsuits filed against the company. It is expected to face thousands of more lawsuits alleging that the metal-on-metal hip replacements failed and caused serious injuries to patients.
Though the Stryker lawsuits were settled for an undisclosed amount, DePuy Orthopedics recently paid more than $2.5 billion to settle 8,000 similar hip replacement lawsuits. Stryker is expected to settle more cases in the coming months.
The Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II Modular hip replacement were recalled in July 2012 after research showed the devices were failing at a higher rate than expected. Patients have complained of severe hip replacement side effects, including pain, swelling, tissue damage and metallosis, all of which can lead to revision surgery.