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Stryker's Trident Hip Replacement
The Trident Hip Replacement System was developed in the early 2000's by Stryker Howmedica Osteonics Corp. The U.S Patent and Trademark Office approved a patent for Trident's device last November 4, 2002. The FDA then approved the device for sale by February of 2003, and Stryker began to market the device.
The Trident Ceramic Acetabular system was an artificial hip replacement device that featured a new state-of-the-art ceramic-on-ceramic bearing couple. Unlike other material, ceramic has been utilized to decrease the wearing out of hip implants. Compared to other materials used for implants, ceramics are smoother and more scratch resistant.
Patients Injuries and Complaints
Over the past few years, patients who have received the defective hip and joint replacements from Stryker complained about the following symptoms:
|• Bone fracture and broken bones
• Difficulty in walking
• Uneven component wear
• Squeaky or popping sound of hip implants
• Pain and discomfort
A number of Stryker patients have undergone replacement surgeries due to fears that the ceramic components of their hip replacements may tear down.
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After two warnings issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and an increasing number of people who filed lawsuits against Stryker Howmedica Osteonics, Stryker finally recalled two components for the Trident Hip Replacement last January 2008: the Trident Acetabular PSL Cup and the Trident Hemispherical Cups. Stryker said products are used for the socket portion of the hip implant but the FDA found that these products do not meet appropriate standards of sterility.
The Need for Hip Implants
Hip replacement surgery is a very common orthopedic procedure. This can be performed as a total replacement or a hemi (half) replacement. It involves components of the hip joint and the prosthetic / synthetic implant. People who are candidates for hip replacement surgery typically have one or more of the following conditions:
|• Traumatic arthritis (from serious fractures or injuries that cause damage to the articular cartilage)
• Rheumatoid arthritis (often hereditary and causes inflammation of the synovial membrane)
• Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease causing bone-on-bone movement, pain and stiffness)
Prompted by numerous complaints from patients, the FDA sent a first warning letter to Stryker on March 15, 2007 which cited several violations at the Ireland plant, including failure to meet deadlines about following procedures for testing defective products and documenting risk.
According to the FDA, "This inspection revealed that these devices are adulterated within the meaning of section 501(h) of the Act (21 U.S.C. § 351(h)), in that the methods used in, or the facilities or controls used for, their manufacture, packing, storage, or installation are not in conformity with the Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) requirements of the Quality System (QS) regulation."
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On November 28, 2007 a second warning letter was sent to Stryker which stated that a range of deficiencies have been detected, including Staphylococcus bacteria, the pathogen that causes staph infections and complaints from patients about squeaking ceramic-to-ceramic hip joints.
Under pressure from the FDA, Stryker issued a recall for two of its hip implant components in January 2008 wherein it stated "As a result of the deviation from internal specifications, the Company is initiating a voluntary recall of Trident PSL and Hemispherical Acetabular Cups manufactured in its Cork facility."
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