History of Stryker Orthopaedics
In February of 1941 Dr. Homer Stryker, an orthopedic physician based in Michigan, incorporated the Orthopedic Frame Company, which was changed to the Stryker Corporation in 1964. The company began as a small, family owned company that manufactured several innovative products to improve the care for Dr. Stryker's own patients.
Early products included the Turning Frame, an early attempt to create a flexible hospital bed that enabled hospital staff to change patient positions in bed without actually moving the body itself when immobility was important to the patient's recovery. Other products, including a device used to more efficiently remove casts without injuring the patient soon followed.
What started as a small company centered on patient care ultimately transitioned into a public corporation when stock was offered to the public in 1979. From there company growth began to skyrocket through innovation and acquisitions, including the purchase of the Osteonics Corporation which enabled Stryker to enter the orthopedic implant business, including the manufacture of artificial knees and hips.
By 1999, with annual sales reaching nearly $2.1 billion, Stryker officially entered the ranks of big business with its inclusion in the S&P 500. By the end of 2008 sales had grown to over $6 billion per year. In terms of market share Stryker is the largest orthopedic manufacturer in the United States.
Stryker Hip Implants
Stryker Corporation offers an extensive list of hip implant products, including the following Acetabular Components:
- Mobile Bearing Hip System
- Tritanium Acetabular Shell
- Trident Acetabular Shell
- Trident Alumina Ceramic Bearing
- Trident Polyethylene Bearings
Their inventory of Primary Femoral Components includes:
- Press-Fit Stems
- Cemented Stems
Lastly the Stryker Corporation offers the following Revision Femoral Components:
- Restoration Modular System
- Restoration HA System
- Restoration PS Stem
- Dall-Miles Cable System
- Global Modular Replacement System
Two products that are no longer offered to the public are:
- Rejuvenate Modular
- ABG II modular-neck hip stems
Stryker Hip Implant Recalls
Following growing complaints, the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II devices were recalled from the market in June of 2012. These devices, constructed with metal components, began to fail at an alarming rate within a short period of time after their introduction.
Earlier hip replacement devices had been constructed from both plastics and ceramics. Beginning nearly a decade ago manufacturers, using the FDA's controversial 510(k) approval process (which requires very little testing for new products that are substantially similar to those already on the market) the major manufacturers, including Stryker, began to experiment with metal components in an effort to make a more flexible and more durable device.
In response to major marketing campaigns aimed at consumers touting the flexibility and reliability of these devices, sales soared. As quickly as the metal devices skyrocketed in popularity, they started showing signs of weakness. Designed to last a decade or more a significant number of the devices began to fail in just a few years. Over time other complications, including metal poisoning, infections and tumors began to appear. Just three years after their introduction Stryker was forced to recall their Rejuvenate and ABG II models. Thousands of patients have now been confronted with a medical situation they had been assured would not occur.
Dealing With Your Recall Issues
Not everyone experiences obvious problems from the recalled Stryker implant devices and the last thing any implant patient wants to do is to go through another implant surgery. However, whether or not you have clear symptoms, you need to undergo a medical review to be certain that your device is not causing tissue or organ death as a result of metal ions that may have been released into your body. Typically, this type of damage can be accumulating in the early stages without obvious symptoms.
If you have obvious symptoms or a medical review suggests a potential problem due to the release of metal ions from the product, you should immediately seek the best medical care you can find and just as quickly gather as much information about your recall rights. As you may already be aware Stryker has hired the same company that DePuy hired to settle their recall problems. If you have received any contact from the Broadspire company be careful what you say and do in response to their offer to help. Make no mistake about it, they are being paid by Stryker to make these recall headaches go away as economically as possible.
Do You Need An Attorney?
Until you have fully evaluated your medical condition it is hard to be certain if you need to hire an attorney to represent you. The good news is that you don't need to hire an attorney to obtain a free consultation with an experienced, nationally recognized Stryker recall attorney.
Set up a free phone consultation with a recall attorney to be certain you are getting all the information you need before making a decision on whether to join the Stryker recall program. The ultimate decision to hire a lawyer is yours and yours alone. Get the advice you need before you make your decision. Be certain that your rights are protected before you do anything that could jeopardize those rights.