Has there been a Stryker recall?
As Stryker continues to manufacture hip replacements and related parts, there may be some confusion as to whether a particular brand or model has been part of a Stryker recall. There are several different types of Stryker hip models and accessories that have been associated with Stryker hip problems.
Stryker recall: Trident PSL and Hemispherical Acetabular Cup
In 2003, Stryker introduced the Trident PSL and Hemispherical Acetabular Cups. These ceramic model hip implant components were designed and marketed to last 15-20 years. On March 15, 2007, the FDA issued a letter to Stryker about both models, citing possible issues with sterility at the plant in Ireland where the products were manufactured.
Later that year, on November 28, 2007, the FDA issued another letter to Stryker noting the contamination issues, as well as complaints from consumers indicating higher-than-normal failure rates for the devices. People who had the products surgically implanted were complaining of popping and squeaking sounds, which is highly unusual for hip implants.
One study, published in 2007 in the Journal of Arthroplasty, reported that up to 7% of such Stryker hip implants could cause noise. In January 2008, the manufacturer voluntarily issued a Stryker recall of both products.
Latest Stryker hip recall: Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular Neck Stem Systems
In July 2012, Stryker issued a voluntary recall for its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular neck stem products. According to a document posted on the company’s web site, these modular neck stem systems, intended to help correct hip problems, also may have a risk of fretting and corrosion.
Though the hip systems are not metal-on-metal, they have the certain components that are metal, and the fretting and corrosion of these parts may lead to metal debris entering into the blood system, which has the potential to cause pain, inflammation, swelling, and tissue damage.
Stryker Trident hip lawsuits
Styker hip problems can lead to severe pain and discomfort, and may even require corrective surgery or removal of the implant altogether. Individuals who have experienced these complications may be eligible to file Stryker Trident hip lawsuits to seek compensation for pain and medical costs.