Stryker Hip Implant Lawsuit | Stryker Trident Hip Recall

Stryker Hip Lawsuit Seeks $6 Million in Damages

Tracy Ray | August 20th, 2012

On May 17, 2012, New York resident Maryann Guisto and her husband Jerry filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York seeking $6 million in compensation for injuries that Maryann Guisto allegedly suffered from a Stryker Trident Acetabular Hip implant.

Plaintiff suffered complications requiring revision surgery

The plaintiff’s Stryker hip litigation states that in July 2006, she was experiencing some difficulty walking, and doctors determined that the cause was trouble with her hip joint. So on September 7, 2006, Guisto went in for hip replacement surgery at Long Island College Hospital, where the Stryker Trident Acetabular ceramic hip was implanted in her body.

Soon thereafter, Guisto allegedly suffered complications including an uneven gait and persistent pain in her hip, spine, and pelvis. She had consultations with many physicians, and tried using orthotics to even out her gait, but to no avail.

Stryker recalls and FDA warnings

In 2011, Guisto learned that her implant was defective, and that there had been a recall of the Stryker Trident hip three years earlier, in January 2008. The recall involved the Stryker Trident Hemispherical Cups and the Trident Acetabular PSL Cup because of adverse event reports of implant failures, bone fractures, pain, and squeaky joint. Guisto was forced to undergo revision surgery to remove the defective implant.

Prior to the recall, Stryker had gotten two 2007 warnings from the FDA about conditions at its manufacturing plants. In March 2007, the agency issued a warning to the company about violations at its plant in Cork, Ireland, including adulterated manufacturing, packaging, and storage of its Trident Acetabular System. In November of the same year, the FDA issued another warning, this time citing a staphylococcus contamination at its factory in Mahwah, New Jersey. Stryker was also reprimanded by the FDA for its failure to address and rectify problems with its Trident implant, including poor adherence to patient’s bone.

In 2012, Stryker issued another recall, this time a recall of the Stryker Rejuvenate hip and ABG II hip implants, due to reports of metallosis, or metal poisoning, caused by the implants.

Guisto is suing Stryker for alleged liability, negligence, and breach of warranties, charging that the company was negligent in choosing and using materials for the Trident hip implant, and that it failed to warn doctors and patients about the risks associated with this implant model.