The Stryker ShapeMatch Cutting Guide, a defective tool used with the Triathlon knee replacement, was recalled in April 2013. People who were implanted with the Triathlon Knee System after May 2011 may be at risk of premature failure of their implant. At least 44 incidents have been reported, including many people who required revision surgery.
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UPDATE: Stryker ShapeMatch Cutting Guide Recalled
April 18, 2013 — A Class 1 recall has been issued for the Stryker ShapeMatch Cutting Guide. The FDA has reported the following ShapeMatch Cutting Guide injuries:
“The FDA has received a total of 44 reports (41 malfunctions and 3 temporary medically reversible injuries) of incidents related to the ShapeMatch Cutting Guides.”
What is the Stryker ShapeMatch Cutting Guide?
The Stryker ShapeMatch Cutting Guide is a single-use, disposable tool used to help a surgeon mark bone before making cuts. It is used exclusively with the Triathlon Knee System in total knee replacement surgery (arthroplasty).
Before the surgery, a doctor uses an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to create a 3D image of a patient’s knee. Then, computer software analyzes the image and helps the surgeon plan where to make appropriate cuts. The software produces a disposable ShapeMatch Cutting Guide.
What is the problem?
Unfortunately, there is a software defect that may result in wider cutting ranges that do not meet the surgeon’s pre-operative planning parameters. This may result in a Cutting Guide that has inaccurate cutting angles, depth of resection, and other problems.
In November 2012, Stryker warned surgeons about the problem and told them to stop using the ShapeMatch Cutting Guide. In January 2013, Stryker sent a Product Notification to warn about the problem. However, an official recall was not issued until April 2013.
Knee Injuries Linked to ShapeMatch Cutting Guide
Orthopedic surgeons who make inaccurate bone cuts due to the ShapeMatch Cutting Guide may implant a poorly-fitting knee replacement. Patients are at risk of loose, unstable knee replacements that fail less than a year after surgery. Treatment for these complications typically involves revision surgery, bone cement to fill in spaces, and total knee replacement.
Knee injuries linked to Stryker ShapeMatch:
- Poorly fitted knee implant
- Joint instability
- Bone fracture
- Chronic pain
- Limited mobility
- Limp or unusual gait
- Abnormal sounds in knee
- Decreased range-of-motion, flexibility
- Need for revision surgery
- And more
Do I have a Stryker ShapeMatch Cutting Guide Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial attorneys that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Stryker knee replacement lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new lawsuits in all 50 states.
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