Stryker Corp. has issued a Class I Recall for its ShapeMatch Cutting Guide over defects that can cause serious health consequences for patients implanted with the Stryker Triathlon Total Knee Replacement System.
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How Does the Stryker Triathlon Work?
The Stryker Triathlon Knee System is a brand of knee replacement that was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2005. Unlike older knee implants, which use a single hinge, the Triathlon knee pivots in a way that maintains a “single radius” design, more similar to a circle.
What is the ShapeMatch Cutting Guide?
The Stryker ShapeMatch Cutting Guides are single-use, disposable cutting guides intended to help a surgeon mark the bone before performing a total knee replacement surgery. The guides help the surgeon position the knee implant components, and are specifically manufactured based on MRI scans of each patient’s knee. The ShapeMatch Cutting Guides were exclusively used in conjunction with the Stryker Triathlon Knee System.
What’s the Problem?
The problem with the Stryker Triathlon knee implant is that software defects in the ShapeMatch Cutting Guide may result in improper bone cuts and a poorly-fitting knee implant.
Which Complications has the Triathlon Knee Been Linked to?
When surgeons use incorrect Stryker ShapeMatch Cutting Guides with the Triathlon Total Knee Replacement System, it may cause the following complications:
- Chronic Pain
- Joint Instability
- Mobility Problems
- Misaligned Knee
- Replacement Loosening
- Failure of Knee Implant
- Revision Surgery to Replace Artificial Knee
- And more
Has the FDA Issued a Recall?
The Stryker Triathlon knee replacement itself has not been recalled. However, the ShapeMatch Cutting Guide used to implant the device was recalled in April 2013 after being linked to at least 44 reports of incidents and injuries. Of these, 41 reports involved “malfunctions” and 3 involved “temporary” injuries.
How Do I Know Which Knee Replacement was Used in My Surgery?
Your surgeon should be able to identify the brand of knee implant that was used during your surgery. If you’ve been injured and are unsure of the device you received, contact your surgeon’s office to inquire. You may also want to contact the hospital to obtain a copy of the operative report and implant labels from your surgery.
Has a Class Action Been Filed?
There have already been a number of class action lawsuits filed against Stryker Corp. over allegedly defective artificial knee and hip replacement components. However, our lawyers are currently only filing individual claims for injured parties. This is because in complex medical device litigation, class action lawsuits often result in low settlement amounts and higher attorneys’ fees for class members. At Schmidt & Clark, LLP, we aim to maximize our clients’ compensation and do so by filing individual lawsuits on their behalf.
Have There Been Any Settlements?
Stryker has reached settlements in lawsuits over its Rejuvenate hip implant; however, there have been no reports of the manufacturer offering settlements in the Triathlon Knee litigation. This is likely due to the fact that the problems with the implant were only recently identified and the first lawsuits have only been filed over the last few years.
Do I Have a Stryker Triathlon Knee Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Stryker knee injury lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new knee replacement complication cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you had problems after knee surgery, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.