New York Stryker Tritanium Acetabular Cup Lawsuits
Continuing Investigations Into Serious Hip Injuries
As a hip socket replacement, the Stryker Tritanium Cup was first introduced to the United States with a unique “ultraporous” design on the underside of the cup – and in theory, it was designed to increase bone integration. However, increasing reports in medical literature and to the FDA have documented that the cup has a tendency to loosen, and that repair surgery is often necessary due to lack of bone growth in the back of the Stryker Cup.
If you’ve suffered from reduced mobility, pain, and other injuries as a result of a loosened Stryker Tritanium Acetabular Cup Implant, know that you are not alone. Dozens of lawsuits have been filed against the company for their range of hip implant products, and our team of experienced defective medical device lawyers can help you pursue compensation through a civil lawsuit too. Serving clients throughout New York, New Jersey, and nationwide, we’re committed to holding Stryker accountable for your injuries.
Call Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP at (888) 260-0473 today to get started with a free consultation.
Symptoms of Stryker Cup Implant Failures
The Stryker Tritanium Acetabular Cup replaces an individual’s hip socket as part of the Stryker system. According to the initial studies, the ultraporous foam that covers the cup’s titanium alloy was supposed to encourage bone cells to attach and grow with the implant. However, the opposite effect has been reported by many patients, with at least 5 major implant failures documented in medical journals between the years of 2011 and 2016.
Signs your hip implant acetabular cup may be causing a hip failure include:
- Severe pain around the hip socket area
- Difficulty walking or standing
- Groin pain
- Stiffness and lack of flexibility
- Pseudotumors and abnormal tissue growth
- Metallosis, or metal build up in the blood
- Inflamation of the hip area
How Does My Surgeon Know When My Cup Is Loose?
Determining whether your Stryker implant has come loose may be difficult, even for the best surgeons. First, the surgeon will look for evidence on an X-ray that the bone is not growing into the cup. If there is a back gap, this is called a “lucency,” and may be a sign there is a gap between the back of the shell and the bone.
However, identifying a loose hip implant isn’t always this simple. Sometimes, there is partial bone growth on the outer ring of the cup bottom which only makes it look like the bone is fully grown into the cup.
Three major factors can be important to a surgeon in diagnosing a problem:
- Knowing that the specific acetabular cup brand has been reported as loosening, as in the case of the Stryker Tritanium model
- Having a patient with a steady complaint of hip pain that does not improve, and is often associated with worsening at times of exertion
- Knowing that hip implant cups do not typically come loose unless defective
Get the Compassionate Counsel You Need
After a diagnosis that your Stryker implant has come loose, you may need many additional surgeries and medical treatments to recover fully and regain your mobility. In the meantime, you could require in-home assisted care, the use of walking aids, and dozens of visits to a physician’s office in order to make it through the week.
We understand how daunting it can be to face this kind of injury, and at Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP, we will stand by your side throughout the entire process. Once our product liability lawyers take on your case, we’ll go after the responsible parties with tenacity, while still listening to your needs and preferences along the way.
To begin a claim against Stryker for your defective hip implant device, call (888) 260-0473 now and schedule a free case evaluation.