Another Metal-on-Metal Recall
July 6, 2102: Stryker Orthopaedics a a major player in the medical device business, and a prominent designer and manufacturer of prostheses and medical devices recalled two of its hip implant models. This recall was premised on the fact that the hip prostheses in question are prone to “fretting and corrosion”that could trigger pain, swelling, and other complications in patients.
As has been the case with other metal on metal hip failures by manufacturers such as DePuy, Wright Medical, and Zimmer, countries that register medical devices have been the first to warn of failures. In the case of the Stryker Rejuvenate, the Canadian regulatory body, Health Canada, recalled theStryker Rejuvenate back in April of 2012 . This was not the only problem that Stryker has had with its devices either. Also in April the Australian and New Zealand Departments of health recalled the Stryker MITCH TRH Modular Head due to premature failure.
Stryker’s Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck stem devices, are both what is known as metal-on-metal devices . This entire group of prostheses, from a variety of different manufacturers has been called into question recently by the legal and medical community. In fact the FDA has formed a special panel to address the problems.
In regards to the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck stem devices Stryker is informing patients who have been implanted with one of the recalled devices to contact their physician immediately. Meanwhile, the company has stopped global production of the devices.