Americans are breaking down, and breaking down at younger age. To remedy this problem, the medical device industry has consistently been rushing to market with a variety of new hip implants in order to capture market share and keep shareholders happy.
To this end Between 2000 and 2010, the number of individuals aged 45 years and older receiving total hip replacements more than doubled, rising from 138,700 to 310,800. One of the reasons for the increase is a result of medical and technological advancements in hip replacement surgery and artificial hip components coupled with the ever-burning desire of device companies like Johnson & Johnson, Stryker, Wright and Zimmer to make money.
Koester & Bradley has been pursuing defective metal on metal hip claims from all manufacturers since 2008 and has been at the cutting edge of the litigation and unfortunately no has to report another recall: The Stryker Orthopaedics’ (Stryker) LFIT V40 femoral head which has numerous adverse events.
On August 29, 2016, Stryker issued a voluntary recall for this particular hip replacement product. If you or someone you know may have received this hip replacement product, there are certain things you need to know as this decive is dangerous and defective.
This is not the first time that Stryker has been in hot water for marketing and selling defective hips, however the large company has not learned. Back in 2012, Stryker recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. Ryan Bradley of Koester & Bradley has handled many of these claims. However, the current recall concerns the LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Head (V40 femoral head). The recall focuses not on the entire hip replacement prosthesis, but rather just the femoral head; the femoral head is the “ball” part of the hip replacement. This femoral head fits inside the “cup” (which is located in the pelvis) and is also attached to the “stem” (which is connected to the femur, or thigh bone). Neither the cup nor the stem are currently a part of this recall.
Many patients who received the V40 femoral head also received additional Stryker hip replacement components, such as the Accolade TMZF, Accolade 2, Meridian and Citation stems.
What’s Wrong With the V40 Femoral Head?
Stryker has observed that a higher than expected number of its V40 femoral heads are malfunctioning due to a failure in the taper lock. The taper lock is the part of the hip prosthesis that connects the femoral head to the stem. When the taper lock fails, various symptoms can result, such as: – Loss of movement – Joint instability – Legs of differing lengths – Severe pain – Annoyance – Inflammation – Joint dislocation
These symptoms can be caused by any of the following: – Metallosis – Fractured hip stem trunnion – Disassociation of femoral head from hip stem – Excessive wear debris – Insufficient soft tissue tension – Loss of implant: bone fixation strength
Symptoms can differ regarding a failing V40 femoral head. Two of the more serious issues are metallosis and disassociation of the femoral head from the stem otherwise known as dislocation which can cause people to violently fall.
Metallosis occurs when metal particles build up in human tissue. This can cause inflammation, metal poisoning and necrosis. The metal particles are created when bits of the hip replacement wear away due to the grinding and rubbing that occurs within the hip replacement over time. Disassociation of the femoral head from the stem is another way of saying that the femoral head and stem break apart. This can be caused by corrosion in the V40 femoral heads.
If you or a loved one has a Stryker hip, it is important to contact an experience and local medical device attorney in Illinois to make sure that the proper investigation is undertaken to determine if there is a health risk. Please let Ryan Bradley of Koester & Bradley know if he can help. Koester & Bradley is one of the foremost mass tort firms in the area and has the national prominence and local presence to handle any type of Stryker case.
Not every V40 femoral head is being recalled. The recall includes those manufactured before 2011 that have the following :
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