Stryker Corp. has issued a hip replacement recall for certain implant components manufactured at its Ireland plant. An internal company investigation discovered that its hip implant cups could have levels of "manufacturing residuals" that exceed company standards. This recall is not the first sign of manufacturing problems for Stryker implant components.
Ury & Moskow, LLC, is also investigating claims of patients around the country who received defective Stryker Trident hip replacement components. You may be entitled to money damages for your pain and suffering and for lost income and medical expenses. Our Stryker defective hip replacement attorneys are experienced medical product liability attorneys and regularly handle claims involving defective medical devices.
Background About Problems With Stryker Defective Hip Replacement Components
The United States Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") released a copy of a warning letter, which was sent to Stryker in November 2007 about hip implant manufacturing problems at a different plant owned by the company in New Jersey. The FDA indicated that Stryker had received numerous complaints about its Trident hip replacement parts between January 2005 and April 2007, but failed to adequately address the problems. Following the FDA warning letter, Stryker launched an internal investigation, which discovered additional problems with some products manufactured at its Ireland plant.
The hip replacement recall was issued Jan. 22, 2008, for two products from the Stryker Trident hip implant line: the Trident Acetabular PSL Cup and the Trident Hemispherical Cup. Both products are used in the socket portion of hip replacements, and the PSL version is the most commonly used of all Stryker Trident cups in the United States. The hip implants fit into the metal sockets, which help the bones in the joint move properly after replacement surgery. The components were recalled due to deviations from internal manufacturing specifications.
The company has stated that the recall only applies to the hip replacement components, which have not been implanted into patients and that there are no indications the "manufacturing residuals" will require that the hip replacement parts be removed. The company claims that the parts still meet U.S. and international standards for sterility and compatibility in the human body.
Hip Replacement Recall Lawsuits
The manufacturing problems at the Stryker plants in New Jersey and Ireland have raised concerns about the quality of hip implant products made by the company. The hip is a complex joint, and manufacturing defects in hip implant components could result in "squeaky" noises in the replacement joint, pain, discomfort, fractured bones or the possible need for additional surgery.
According to the November 2007 FDA warning letter, numerous individuals who received Stryker Trident hip replacement components have reported complaints to the manufacturer over the past three years. These complaints could be consistent with manufacturing defective hip replacement defects, and potential hip replacement lawsuits are being reviewed nationwide for individuals who have experienced problems, which could be caused by defective implant parts.
Connecticut Hip Implant Defects Attorneys
Please contact us if you or someone you know has experienced "squeaky" noises in the replacement joint, pain, discomfort, fractured bones or the possible need for additional surgery associated with the use of a Stryker Trident defective hip replacement component(s).