Orthopedics Today Study Reports 11.4% Of Ceramic-On-Ceramic Hip Implants Squeak
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*****The information in this article refers to an Orthopedic surgeon's study revealing the problems that led to the 2008 Stryker hip implant recall. In July, 2012, Stryker has issued a second recall of its hip implants - this time for the newer Rejuvenate and ABG II models. For more information about the 2012 Stryker hip implant recall, click here for a new article. If you or a loved one has been injured by Stryker hip implants from either the 2008 recall or the 2012 recall, consult an experienced attorney for your legal options.*****
A study published in Orthopedics Today reports that 11.4% of patients with ceramic-on-ceramic hip implants, such as Stryker's hip replacement system known as the Trident PSL and Hemispherical Acetabular System, not only squeak, but squeak so loudly in some patients that additional costly and painful surgery may be needed to correct the problem.
Details of Orthopedics Today study
According to a study published in Orthopedics Today, researchers reviewed over 140 hip replacement surgery patients ranging in age from their early 20's to late 70's. Fifteen, or 11.4%, of those patients say that they experienced above audible squeaking when engaging in even the simplest of movements such as walking, stair climbing or bending – not to mention sexual activity.
That study, along with others such as Dr. Todd Swanson's study have caused hip replacement patients to file product liability lawsuits against manufacturers such as Michigan-based Stryker Corporation alleging that their Trident PSL and Hemispherical Acetabular Cups System is defective and that the company failed to warn them about issues such as difficulty walking; pain; pieces of ceramic materials breaking off, squeaking and wearing unevenly. Click here to hear a sample of one implant recipient's Stryker squeaky hip.
When were Stryker hip problems known?
According to Stryker Defective Implant lawyers and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Stryker and New Jersey-based Howmedica Osteonics Corporation, the company who developed, manufactured, marketed and sold the products under Stryker's name, started receiving complaints nearly five years ago.
Plaintiffs attorneys allege that orthopedic surgeons such as Dr. Christopher Jarrett, Dr. Richard Rothman of the Rothman Institute reported on these issues around the same time. Italian surgeon Tony Aldo also published a study entitled Early Diagnosis of Ceramic Liner Fracture in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery which alleged that problems with squeaking were a precursor to hip failure.
So, why didn't Stryker take action to warn its customers? That question will be answered as the hundreds of Stryker hip replacement lawsuits against the company begin to be litigated.