The Zimmer and Stryker recalls predate the more well-know one from DePuy. But like the DePuy recall it highlights the need for closer monitoring of companies that produce medical devices.
The Zimmer Durom Cup was first marketed in 2006 and was used on about 13,000 patients. Two years later Zimmer Inc suspended sales of the Durom Cup following complaints from hundreds of patients. Solicitors representing the claimants, many of whom were forced to undergo revision surgery, argued that Zimmer had been aware that there were problems with the Durom Cup, but continued to supply it.
Stryker's Trident PSL and Hemispherical Acetabular Cups were inserted into thousands of patients. About 7% of patients complained of strange noises from the implants - squeaking and popping - a much higher rate than found with other implants. There were also concerns about durability. Styker finally recalled its implant but only after receiving a number of warning letters from the FDA.
This, of course, begs the question "Why didn't the FDA take action to prevent the use of this product rather than wait for Stryker to decide to withdraw it itself?"
The FDA advises all patients who feel they may have been affected by these recalls to be alert for potential problems.
If you have been fitted with one of these products, then it is important for you visit your surgeon for a check-up and for advice on monitoring the condition of your hip.
You are also strongly advised to seek legal advice. There are class actions in progress for both recalls as so many people have been affected.
Do not delay as all medical claims are subject to a statute of limitations. This means you must file a claim within a certain time period. Although the period varies from country to country but is normally around two years since the time you became aware that a problem existed.
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