Saturday, July 7, 2012

CAPpings - USA - Corrosion halts Global Production of Stryker Orthopedic metal-on-metal hip implants

Corrosion halts Global Production of Stryker Orthopedic devices. Fretting and/or corrosion of metal-on-metal hip implants could cause pain, swelling and tissue damage

Orthopedic devices maker Stryker recalls a pair of metal-on-metal hip implants and halts global production after discovering potential for "fretting and/or corrosion" that could cause pain, swelling and tissue damage.

Orthopedic devices giant Stryker (NYSE:SYK) announced recall of a pair of hip implants over concerns that the devices may be prone to "fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular-neck junction," which may lead to pain, swelling and adverse reactions in surrounding tissue.

The recall affects the company's Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, and Stryker decided to terminate global production of the devices after discovering a potential trend in post-market surveillance data.

"While modular-neck stems provide surgeons with an option to correct certain aspects of a patient's anatomy and hip biomechanics, given the potential risks associated with fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction, Stryker Orthopaedics decided to take this voluntary action," hip reconstruction vice president and general manager Stuart Simpson said in prepared remarks.

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Publication Date: 06 July 2012

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