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Defective Hip Replacement Lawyer

Hip Replacement in General

While at one point hip replacements were rare in America, they are increasingly becoming more common. As this market has increased the manufactures in the industry have cut corners and the FDA has fast tracked many replacement hip devices. All of this has led to many manufactures over the last decade recalling hip replacement devices.

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Some of the hip replacement devices that have been manufactured are metal on metal hips. One study has revealed that the metal-on-metal hips failed three times more often than other artificial hips. These artificial hips include models manufactured by DePuy, Wright Stryker and Zimmer.

How did these hip replacements get approved? Wouldn't the problems with these hips have shown up in clinical trials? Incredibly, many metal on metal artificial hips were approved under less stringent regulations that allowed hip makers to piggyback to the market using the approval process of similar hip replacement products.

Metal-on-metal devices should not be used in patients with known metal allergies due to the risks associated with the wearing of the metal and debris formation. They may also be contraindicated in patients with end stage renal dysfunction.

Recalled Stryker Defective Hip Implants

“Squeaky” and Defective Hip Implants

Defective Hip Implant Lawyers are investigating potential lawsuits throughout Pennsylvania for claims on behalf of victims who received a ceramic Stryker-brand hip implant that is or may be defective. Settlement in the Stryker lawsuits that have been filed around the country may be on the horizon.

Stryker’s recall relates to the Trident PSL and Hemispherical Acetabular Cups. Those products are defective and frequently make audible noise when moving (usually a squeaking or popping sound), a problem that may cause bone fractures, pain, discomfort, potential shattering of the implants and may require additional replacement surgeries. These Stryker Hip Implant lawsuits allege product liability, negligence and failure to warn claims against Stryker Corporation, Stryker Sales Corporation and Stryker Orthopaedics, the manufacturer.

Which Stryker Hip Implants Are Defective?

Under pressure from the FDA, Stryker has recalled two devices from their Stryker Trident hip implant series—the Trident Acetabular PSL and the Trident Hemispherical Cups. These products are used for the “socket” portion of the hip replacements.

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What Is Wrong With The Stryker Hip Implants?

Stryker also has a New Jersey facility that manufactures these components, and the company has not recalled those products. However, all of these ceramic components are defective for other reasons.

Many of these devices are implanted and have manufacturing defects that have or may cause problems and injuries. These devices are extremely prone to producing audible noises with movement (squeaks and popping sounds are common). Generally there is little noise with most implants. However, Stryker’s products have an estimated 7% chance of causing frequent noise, according to one investigation.

Many doctors are concerned that the squeaking may be a prelude to other problems with the implants—the ceramic material may break into shards, or the implants may wear out or cause pain and discomfort. In many situations, patients may have no choice but to undergo a subsequent hip replacement surgery, which can cost around $45,000, and carries with it a host of dangers, particularly for older patients. In fact, one reason many patients chose Stryker’s products is that they were told the ceramic devices were more durable and would not need to be replaced in the patients’ lifetimes.

Of course, the squeaking itself is often times loud and regular enough to cause serious social problems. Many patients have posted videos on YouTube of the noises their Stryker hips make, reminiscent of an un-oiled “Tin Man.” Take a look at this YouTube video for some idea.

Contact us for a Free evaluation of your defective hip replacment case. You pay our firm nothing, unless our Philadelphia Hip Replacement Laywers recover for you.If you are having problems with your hip replacement, and think it could be related to your device, then contact the Defective Hip Implant Laywer at the Law Offices of Ronald A. Blumfield at 215-569-3900 or email us via the contact form above.

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