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SOURCE: Steinger, Iscoe & Greene
A series of ceramic replacement hips made by Stryker medical supplies are squeaking inside patients' bodies. The squeaks have led to patient lawsuits and serious concerns among doctors, reports NY Times
(PRWEB) January 14, 2013
Hip replacement surgery is considered to be among the safer, more reliable joint replacement surgeries, with more than a 90 percent success rate. But a newer and now very common brand of replacement hips, made by Stryker medical supplies, is causing patients' hips to squeak during normal day to day activities – and setting off lawsuits stated an article in the NY Times.
According to patients, the squeaking is loud enough to be heard by others and can interfere with everyday life, causing embarrassed looks or interrupting intimate moments. The social awkwardness related to the squeaking is so severe that “dozens” of patients have chosen to undergo new surgeries and replace the hips, according to the New York Times.
But doctors worry that the squeaking may be more than an inconvenience – it may be a sign of a more serious malfunction in the joints, which appear to be aligned correctly on X-ray. In the past, ceramic replacement joints have failed leading to serious medical complications as stated in an article posted by the NY Times "A medical mystery: Artificial hips that squeak."
“In most types of products, this is the kind of situation where we'd expect a recall,” said Gary Iscoe, a lawyer whose practice focuses on faulty consumer products. “But of course, when the product is literally inside the customer's body, things become more complicated. What's terrifying is that no one knows what, if any, side effects this may have.”
Some patients aren't waiting to find out. Some have already filed lawsuits against Stryker, saying that the company has not taken their complaints seriously reported the NY Times.
“The FDA sent Styker a warning last fall, and research suggests 7 percent of patients with the ceramic hips experience the squeaking,” Iscoe said. “The company has still refused to take action.”
“Anyone who experiences squeaking or complications with a replacement hip should talk to not just their doctor, but a lawyer, immediately,” commented Iscoe.
About Gary Iscoe:
Gary T. Iscoe has is a co-founder of Steinger, Iscoe and Greene injury law firm. With 20 years of experience handling accidents and injuries, Iscoe is is actively working with patients on a Stryker hip replacement recall. He started his legal career working for insurance companies and quickly decided he’d rather stand up for victims. He can be contacted at:
Steinger, Iscoe and Greene
2333 Ponce De Leon Boulevard
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
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