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Published: July 10th, 2008
Trident ceramic hip replacement systems manufactured by Stryker Corporation, have been associated with a number of reports involving loosening of the parts and squeaking in the hip joint. These problems can reduce an individuals ability to participate in activities they otherwise would, cause severe pain, and may lead to the need for additional surgeries.
STATUS STRYKER HIP LAWSUITS: Potential legal claims are currently pending for individuals injured by defective Stryker Trident Hip Replacement parts, and additional claims are being reviewed by lawyers throughout the United States.
OVERVIEW: Stryker Trident hip replacement parts are relatively new, featuring ceramic-on-ceramic parts. They have been promoted and sold as more durable and longer lasting than conventional metal-on-plastic or metal-on-metal hip implants. However, a number of recipients have reported the development of severe pain, loud squeaking in the hip joint, loosening of components and premature wearing.
A study published in the Journal of Arthroplasty in 2007 found that about 7% of individuals who received ceramic implants from 2003 to 2005 developed squeaking in their hips (10 out of 143 patients). Among the control group of 48 patients who received implants made of plastic and metal, no reports of squeaking were observed.
The loud squeaky ceramic hips could be a sign of more severe problems beyond the annoyance and embarrassment it causes. Some fear that the squeaks may be a signal that the joint is prematurely wearing out, which could require a second hip replacement surgery.
STRYKER TRIDENT HIP PROBLEMS: Lawyers are reviewing the potential for Stryker Trident Hip lawsuits on behalf of individuals who developed:
- Squeaking hip
- Loosening of hip replacement parts
- Fragments or fractures within the hip
- Joint pain or discomfort which a doctor indicates is related to the implant parts
- Need for additional hip surgery
In November 2007, the FDA sent a warning letter to Stryker Corp as a result of manufacturing problems found at one of the manufacturing plants that makes Trident Hip Implant and Hip Replacement parts. According to the FDA letter, Stryker received a “continual” complaints about their Trident Hip Replacement parts between January 2005 and April 2007, but failed to adequately address the problems.
In January 2008, Stryker issued a recall for two products from their Trident Hip Implant line, the Trident Acetabular PSL Cup and the Trident Hemispherical Cup, after it was discovered that contamination levels at their Cork, Ireland manufacturing plant resulted in the parts not meeting the proper standards for sterility.
STRYKER LAWSUITS: Attorneys are reviewing potential cases for individuals who have experienced substantial problems with their Stryker Trident Hip Implant. Lawsuits are being pursued throughout the United States and there are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained. Submit information for review by a Stryker Trident Hip Implant lawyer, and you may be contacted if it appears you could be entitled to financial compensation.