A new lawsuit against Stryker has been filed in a Kentucky court by plaintiff John T. Roberts who was implanted with Stryker Trident acetabular shells and Accolade hip stems in both hips back in 2006. These two devices were recalled in 2008 and 2009, respectively.
In March 2011, Roberts was compelled to undergo revision surgery on both hips to change the Trident acetabular cups. In 2013, he had to undergo another surgery to get rid of and replace the Acolade hip stem in his left leg after it ruptured.
According to the lawsuit he filed, “the defective nature of the Stryker hip components have caused him serious physical injuries, resulting in past and ongoing medical expenses, lost wages, and a diminished earning capacity.”
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The latest safety protocol for metal-on-metal hip implants was announced by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), proposing recommendation for physicians, healthcare providers, prior recipients, and product manufacturers, such as Stryker, over compliance issues, says an international wire service agency. The proposal stated the need of the medical product manufacturers to undergo rigid testing to ensure the safety and quality of their product and to prevent future problems, before they are approved to use.
Stryker and other hip replacement implants manufacturers are continue to face a number of lawsuits due to their defective products, which resulted to harm its users.
Read More: FDA Issues Safety Communication for Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices
About 1,170 workers worldwide from Stryker Corp, maker of Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacement devices, may lost their jobs due to the anticipation of the 2.3 percent medical device tax for Obamacare. However, US Senator Kay Ruthven Hagan is contriving to cancel the tax to avoid lay-offs in the medical industries, says a medical device industry news website. She is worried that many medical industry workers in her home state (North Carolina) may potentially lose their jobs, that is why she is trying to brainstorm ideas with business leaders in her state. She is in favor of funding Obamacare, but does not want the revenue created at the expense of her state’s economic health.
Read More: U.S. Senator Working to Repeal Medical Device Tax
It was just a few months ago in July 2012 when Stryker Orthopedics did a voluntary recall for two of their hip replacement devices, the Rejuvenate Modular and ABGI II modular neck stems. According to Stryker, this is due to the risk of fretting (wear-and-tear) and corrosion at or about the modular-neck junction.
But the story does not end there, there is another hip replacement system that has been causing problems for Stryker. The Stryker Trident hip replacement parts are relatively new, featuring ceramic-on-ceramic parts. Stryker promoted the Trident as to be more durable and supposedly longer lasting than the conventional metal-on-plastic or metal-on-metal hip replacements. Soon after receiving a Trident implant many patients began to feel severe pain, loud squeaking in the hip joint, loosening of components and premature wearing.
A recent issue of the Journal of Arthroplasty, a study indicated that roughly seven percent of the patients who received a ceramic-on-ceramic hip replacement showed the squeaky hip side effects.While some medical experts believe that this squeaky hip side effects is not harmful to patients, other fear that it is a precursor to other side effects which an require a second surgery or removal of the implant.
As more and more patients are learning of the recent recall done by Stryker more and more lawsuits have begun to get filed against the orthopedic company. The majority of these lawsuits carry the main complaint as that the patient requires surgery to remove or to fix the replacement and Stryker may not pay for the surgery nor the update of hip replacement. The patients who filed a case most recently advised that they were implanted with their devices between June 2009 and September 2011 and underwent corrective revision surgery in as little as eight months. It was shown that in that all cases, during revision surgery it was shown that there was a the presence of milky, turbid fluid; large pseudo-tumor formation; soft tissue necrosis; muscle loss and/or bony necrosis at the proximal femur.
If you are still having problems with your hip problems and of you’re having a hard time keeping up with them, then it is advised that you visit your physician as soon as possible.