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Voluntary Recall Does Not Solve All of Stryker’s Problems

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.

URL References:
news.yahoo.com/stryker-hip-replacement-recall-second-100404635.htm

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