Stryker Corporation will supply hip and knee replacements to the U.S. Armed Forces, despite a recent Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II hip replacement recall. The contract will last for a year and is worth more than $85 million.
Stryker issued a hip replacement recall in July 2012 for its Rejuvenate and ABG II systems after research showed the devices were more likely to carry increased risks of complications. The metal-on-metal hip implant devices were found to have an increased risk of fretting, corrosion, pain, swelling and bone deterioration.
Several patients have filed Stryker hip replacement lawsuits alleging that the company released a defective device. Many patients required revision surgery to remove the implants and correct complications caused by them.