Squeaky Hip?
Pensacola Jack

Pensacola, FL

#384 Feb 3, 2008
Jumping here for the first time. Does anyone have further information regarding the following news release?
"A federal judge has dismissed a proposed class action product liability case against hip joint replacement maker Howmedica Ostenonics Corp., ruling that the plaintiffs' claims failed to meet the pleasding standard." The case was brought by a Jama Parker before Judge Jose L. Linares in the Newark NJ branch of the Nwe Jersy District Court (Case Number 2:2007cv02400).

Just discovered this blog. Had THR in April '04, and developed "squeak" approximatley 1 year later. Contacted Stryker and got typical corporate blow off response.
Pensacola Jack

Pensacola, FL

#385 Feb 3, 2008
Follow up to previous post:

The following is copyrighted material by PortfolioMedia, Inc, dated January 16, 2008

"A federal judge has dismissed a proposed class action product liability case against hip joint replacement maker Howmedica Ostenonics Corp., ruling that the plaintiffs' claims failed to meet the pleading standard.
Judge Jose Linares of the U.S.District Court for the District of New Jersy granted the motion of Howmedica, which does business as Stryker Orthopedics, dismissing the suit brought last year by Jama Parker and Tracy Huber.
After undergoing total hip replacement surgeries and receiving implants of Stryker's Trident Ceramic Acetabular System in 2004, Parker and Huber both'heard audible clicking, squeaking and/or squealing sounds'coming from their implants, Judge Linares said.
They filed suit against the joint replacement maker in May, seeking to represent a class of hip replacement recipients. The complaing sought economic damages for alleged violations of the NJ Consumer Fraud Act, the NJ Products Liability Act, breach of express and implied warranties and negligent design and manufacture.
'However, plantiffs have not suffered any personal injury as a result of their arthroplasties--or alleged resultant sounds emitting from their hip implants' the judge pointed out.
Stryker filed a motion seeking to dismiss the complaint, arguing tht the plaintiffs had not met the pleading standard of CFA; had failed to allege that they suffered harm defined by the PLA; and had failed to state causes of action for their breach of warranty claims.
Judge Linares did not consider the plainfiffs' fourth cause of action, allegations of negligent design and manufacture, because it is a common-law tort clam, he said.
Under the CFA, the plaintiff must prove that there was unlawful practice by the defeneant and that the plaintiffs usffered 'ascertainable loss.' as a result of said practice, Judge Linares explained.
In addition to asserting that the Stryker perpetrated 'unconscionable commercial practices.' such as failing to conduct adequate testing of its Trident hip replacement system, the plaintiffs alleged that Stryker ' knew or should have known that serious side effects areise when the Trident System is implanted in patients' Judge Linares said.
These allegations do not meet the CFA pleading standard, the judge said.
'Therefore, plaintiffs fail to sufficiently allege defendant's unlawful behavior and do not state a claim under the CFA' Judge Linares concluded.
After ruling on the CFA claim, Judge Linares summarily dismissed the plaintiffs' remaining claims.
However, Judge Linares dismissed the suit without prejudice, giving the plaintiffs 30 days to refile an amended complaint that would comply with the pleading standards discussed in his decision.
'Plaintiffs' failure to do so will result in the dismissal of the complaint with predudice and the termination of this matter.' Judge Linares said in his order.
Representatives for the plaintiffs and Stryker did not return requests for comment Wednesday.
The plaintiffs are represented in this matter by attorneys from Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overhaotz PLLC and Seeger Weiss LLP.
Stryker is represented in this matter by attorneys from Gibbons PC.
The case is Parker v. Howmedica Ostonics Corp., case number 2:07-cv-2400 in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey."

Stay tuned!
Sally

Rancho Cordova, CA

#386 Feb 5, 2008
Hey Jack,
Unfortunately for us with the squeak, the only cure is to have a revision surgery. Even if you attempt to contact Stryker, they will not pay for this. I experienced this firsthand. Luckily, Blue Cross covered the revision & so far, so good. I hired an attorney to get reimbursment compensation. After about 7 months of information gathering I met with my attorney, a mediator & Strykers attorney & a rep from the company. The first thing they do is to move the case from state court where judgements are typically more favorable for the plaintiff to federal court. Because there have been precedents set by previous suits (see above), the settlement will be no higher than $20,000. If taken to court, we will almost certainly loose the case as most of us have not suffered devastating, life altering injury, loss of limb or death. A class action tort can drag on for years & not have very favorable results. It sucks, but that is my experience. Good luck to all of you squeakers.
Pensacola Jack wrote:
Jumping here for the first time. Does anyone have further information regarding the following news release?
"A federal judge has dismissed a proposed class action product liability case against hip joint replacement maker Howmedica Ostenonics Corp., ruling that the plaintiffs' claims failed to meet the pleasding standard." The case was brought by a Jama Parker before Judge Jose L. Linares in the Newark NJ branch of the Nwe Jersy District Court (Case Number 2:2007cv02400).
Just discovered this blog. Had THR in April '04, and developed "squeak" approximatley 1 year later. Contacted Stryker and got typical corporate blow off response.
MRupstate

Brackney, PA

#387 Feb 6, 2008
WELL, i have been down this road for a while,i had my hip done in 2002...after 6 months it felt tight,and started to get a load squeeke,after a couple on months,it got louder and louder, after trying to talk to the doctor he wanted nothing to do with me since my health care changed.i went to another ortho doc who told me that the metal cup was to vertical and he would have installed it at a lower angle,when i went in for the revision.the manufacturer rep showed up and showed me how he can reproduce the sound by moving the hip cup in a very vertical position...the revision surgery is doing great.but why would a doc put it in a wrong position is beyond me.glad i found this site...i thought i was the only one..
Chip

Boynton Beach, FL

#389 Feb 15, 2008
I had a Stryker Trident THR 12/06 and have been in constant pain since a few months after my surgery and it is getting much worse. I am seeing a pain management specialist but has not been able to get me relief. By the way, my surgeon is who sent me to him.
TNDave

Columbia, TN

#390 Feb 17, 2008
I too had a THR in May of 2004 and my sqeak began in November of 04. I am now beginning to experience a popping nouse along with a sort of catching feeling at the end of my stride. It seems to be getting worse. Anyone else have this experience?
Hal

Reno, NV

#391 Feb 17, 2008
My wife started experiencing squeaks in her hip after her first revision. The aqueaking started about six months ago and go worse and worse. She was also experiencing an "issue" that she described as a feeling that it was coming loose. We audio and video tapped the squeaking when she layed on her back and moved her leg up and down. On Feb 12th she had her second revision (third surgery to the same hip) Original replacement and two revisions. The only thing that the doctor found was a dent on the edge of the liner possibly caused by the rod attached to the ceramic ball coming in contact with the line when she moved her leg out. She had a ceramic liner and a ceramic ball that the doctor replaced with a polymer liner and another ceramic ball. They had to use Stryker again because apparently different parts do not fit onto other parts. The doctor would have had to replace the rod in her bone and this would have counted against her as a second hip replacement and apparently you can only have a couple in your life time. He used a larger ball (a 36 rather than a 33) and did the same to the liner. The doctor could not get the hip to squeak in the operating room but he thought that was because there was not any weight baring. The ball was in the liner and the liner was attached as it should be to the hip. The doctor told my wife if it were him having the problems that she has had he would have a revision. She is doing well and seems to be recovering from this third hip surgery much better than the others. She says it feels right this time.
Ed - Philadelphia PA

Quakertown, PA

#392 Feb 18, 2008
You must have a Ceramic on Ceramic (guess is Stryker Trident) Hip. They have been recalled and there is talk of a class action law suit against Stryker. I had both hips done 3 years ago and will have to have them replaced in June due to the squeaking (which will turn into grinding and pain). Feel free to contact me as we all need to keep in touch regarding these issues.

Ed [email protected]
Neil O wrote:
I had a total hip replacement (ceramic) 2.5 years ago and for the last 6 months it has developed a worsening squeak when I walk, sometimes a grinding sound when I turn and bend. My Dr. says it has been reported only about 60 times and it usually goes away in a few months. Mine is getting worse. Anyone ever heard of this?
BONE

Wheatland, WY

#393 Feb 20, 2008
Has there been an actual recall? Is there a press release?
Ed - Philadelphia PA

Quakertown, PA

#394 Feb 20, 2008
On January 22, 2008, Stryker Corp. announced the voluntary recall of the two Stryker Hip Implant components: the Trident Acetabular PSL Cup and the Trident Hemispherical Cups. The recall only involved the devices produced at their facility in Carrigtohil, County Cork, Ireland.

Acetabular cups are used in the socket portion of replacement hip components, and the Trident products are Stryker's most contemporary cups. The PSL Cup is the most commonly used Stryker cup in the United States.

On November 28, 2007, the FDA sent a warning letter to Styker regarding their concerns with problems at Strykerís Mahwah, NJ, facility. That letter was made public on the FDA Web site on January 22, 2007.

Prior to the warning letter sent to the New Jersey facility, the FDA had sent a warning letter to the County Cork facility on March 15, 2007. Both warning letters referred to consumer complaints with the Trident hip cups, including problems with hip function, poor fixation, and patients who experience squeak-like noises during everyday activities such as climbing steps. The FDA also noted that some patients needed revision surgeries to correct problems with Stryker hip components.
david

Australia

#396 Mar 17, 2008
i can't believe i found this on the internet,how weird, i am 44 and had my full ceramic hip 2 years ago.
i have recently started boxing for fitness and love it but i now have a slight squeak and grinding when i bend over.
i also have a hernia in the groin which is giving me pain so i cant tell wether the hip hurts or not.
i have my annualcheck in 2 weeks, i will post the results.
good luck to all
Dale

Canton, MI

#397 Mar 20, 2008
Yes, I had my squeaky hip replaced. I really had too...the squeak was misinterpreted as whistles by a few women. I could not walk up a stairs in the office if a woman was near, etc. Include embarrassment, etc.

The replacement...only a overnight, no bruising, able to walk out without usage of even a cain. Back to work four days later. The replacment of the joint did not require any bone work. The replacement is quiet and smooth. The people I work around appreciate not hearing the squeak.

I would have replace the squeak sooner if I though the recover would be so quick.

(paid for by my company insurance...I'm lucky to have good insurance)

Dale
[email protected]
Ed - PA

Quakertown, PA

#398 Mar 20, 2008
Dale,
Did you have one hip or both revised. I am lookiong to have both revised in June at the same time due to the sqeaking and grinding. I was really going to postpone it because I feared the recovery would take a long time, but your post is promising.
Ed
Dale wrote:
Yes, I had my squeaky hip replaced. I really had too...the squeak was misinterpreted as whistles by a few women. I could not walk up a stairs in the office if a woman was near, etc. Include embarrassment, etc.
The replacement...only a overnight, no bruising, able to walk out without usage of even a cain. Back to work four days later. The replacment of the joint did not require any bone work. The replacement is quiet and smooth. The people I work around appreciate not hearing the squeak.
I would have replace the squeak sooner if I though the recover would be so quick.
(paid for by my company insurance...I'm lucky to have good insurance)
Dale
[email protected]
Jim in Canada

Edmonton, Canada

#399 Mar 21, 2008
I too had a total hip replacement done Valentines Day 2007. MOM large ball replacement done.
Went to my Ortho and he stated that he hadn't heard much about the squeaking, but that it can occur. The only two times this has occured, today is the second, are days where I have been absolutely knackered. I didn't think of the drying up of lubricating material thinking that just disappeared after two metal surfaces were put in. Does sound logical.
Hal

Reno, NV

#400 Mar 23, 2008
My wife had a revision done to her hip on Feb. 12, 2008. The doctor left the cup in but replaced the ball with a larger ball and liner. He changed her from a ceramic liner to a polymer liner. He decided after checking her hip cup to leave it in and not change it. The squeaking and dislocation feeling has gone away and she appears to be doing fine. Wednesday, March 19th she went to she her doctor for a check up and he informed her that the cup that he elected to keep in had an urgent recall. Now I quess we will just wait and see what happens. There was a Stryker representative present during her surgery and we wonder why he did not say something about the recall.
Ed - Philadelphia PA

Quakertown, PA

#401 Mar 30, 2008
I have been to two different orthopedic surgeons about the squeaking, popping and pain caused by the Stryker Trident Hip Ceramic System. Both surgeons have recommended revison surgery on both hips as there is too much risk that the Ceramic will fracture and pices will scatter throught the hip area. If this happens it will be impossible for any surgeion to remove the ceramic pieces and they will continue to cause problems for the rest of my life. It is urgent that everyone with the ceramic on ceramic stryker system to get revision surgery before the ball breaks and then you will be in for a world of hurting.
Neil O

Santa Barbara, CA

#402 Mar 31, 2008
It seems that this discussion has gone from everyone trying to figure out what the squeaking is, to a realization that many others have the problem as well, to a finding that it may be potentially serious, and now many of us are getting the ceramic hips replaced. All in a couple of years.

Since: Jan 08

Chantilly, VA

#403 Apr 1, 2008
The truly sad part of this whole Stryker Ceramic Hip episode (I had both hips done a couple of years ago and now started squeaking)is that Stryker is not being up front and honest with either us or the doctors. I just recently saw my Ortho and he stated that Stryker is telling them that the squeaking is annoying but not dangereous to the patient. He told me that if I wanted a revision he would consider it, but he was not particularly prone to doing it unless I had a dislocation or breakage. I'm quite sure my insurance would pay for the revisions right now but not maybe after Stryker is found to be liable and then it will be a real problem for all of us squeakers. My wife jokingly (I hope) stated she was going to put me out of my misery if I had to have the surgery again). Well at least I can entertain my wife, dogs and fellow employees with my high pitched squeaks.
Jeannine Ireland

Ireland

#404 Apr 3, 2008
Oh my god I can't believe I found this site, I am 41yrs old and had a hip replacement in Jan 2007, in the past 2 weeks it has started squeeking, I have just gone back to college and find it so embarrassing. The thoughts of having to have a revision seem very drastic, is there no other option?
Ed - Philadelphia PA

Quakertown, PA

#405 Apr 3, 2008
I would caution you that you may want to consider the revision surgery. My understanding is that the squeaking and perhaps popping noise (if you get that yet) are pre-cursors to the ceramic chipping off and that there may be an accumulation of tiny ceramic particles floating around in the artifical joint. The real fear is that there will be a major breakage of the ceramic in the joint where the all of the miniscule ceramic pieces could never all be found and removed. Thus you would (with a new hip) always have piece of ceramic griniding into the new joint and causing deterioation of the hip.

I too do not want to have a revision surgery (surgeies -both hips for me), but the more I look into it it appears that the longer I wait for revision surgery just increases the possiblity of total fracture of the stryker implant which then causes all sorts of complications. If they can get in before any major damage is done, the revision surgery is apparetly quite quick to recover from compared to the original surgery (because only muscle and tissue have to heal rather than bone too.
IMZDO - Dayton - OH wrote:
The truly sad part of this whole Stryker Ceramic Hip episode (I had both hips done a couple of years ago and now started squeaking)is that Stryker is not being up front and honest with either us or the doctors. I just recently saw my Ortho and he stated that Stryker is telling them that the squeaking is annoying but not dangereous to the patient. He told me that if I wanted a revision he would consider it, but he was not particularly prone to doing it unless I had a dislocation or breakage. I'm quite sure my insurance would pay for the revisions right now but not maybe after Stryker is found to be liable and then it will be a real problem for all of us squeakers. My wife jokingly (I hope) stated she was going to put me out of my misery if I had to have the surgery again). Well at least I can entertain my wife, dogs and fellow employees with my high pitched squeaks.

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