Stryker Corporation is suing fellow metal-on-metal hip replacement manufacturer BioMet Inc., alleging that the company attempted to poach employees and clients from Stryker. The company says BioMet developed a strategy, complete with “code words,” to harm Stryker’s customer relationships and convince an employee to sabotage its business from within.
Both Stryker and BioMet are facing thousands of metal-on-metal hip replacement lawsuits related to their faulty hip replacements. The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacements have been recalled after studies revealed that the devices failed at a much higher rate than alternatives.
Stryker hip replacement side effects have plagued thousands of patients, many of whom required revision surgery to fix the complications. Patients have complained of tissue damaged, limited mobility and metallosis, a form of metal blood poisoning.