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 there have been a large number of individuals who would not have usually been candidates for a hip replacement have been implanted with metal on metal hips across Illinois. Companies like Johnson & Johnson, Stryker, Wright and Zimmer, with an eye towards profits, have aggressively marketed joint implants to doctors and patients alike in Central Illinois and across the country. In fact, in many situations, representatives for Stryker are actually present with the patient and doctor. Thus, physicians are victims as well.
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 now has to report another recall: The Stryker Orthopaedics’ (Stryker) LFIT V40 femoral head. This product, which is part of the Stryker metal on metal hip line up has numerous adverse events. Adverse events are reported to the US FDA by both doctors and patients and are made public on the FDA website.
On August 29, 2016, Stryker undertook a voluntary recall for this particular hip replacement product. Of course the company has tried its best to limit the rage of the recall, but it is wise to consult your doctor and an experienced local Illinois metal hip lawyer if you have any metal on metal hip.
Stryker is no stranger to marketing and selling defective hips to victims in Illinois and across the Country, however the large company has not learned its lesson. 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) only and does not concern other parts of the Stryker system. This is precisely why Koester & Bradley is recommending that individuals who had any metal on metal hip verify the make and model and are willing to help in the process.
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.
Stryker itself has observed that a disproportionately large number of its V40 femoral heads were malfunctioning due to a failure in its proprietary taper lock system. This is a fancy way of describing where two parts of the hip meet. Symptoms of the Stryker V40 defective metal hip that Illinois patients and those across the country are experiencing include
– Loss of movement – Joint instability – Legs of differing lengths – Pain in the Hip and down the leg – Clicking – Inflammation – Joint dislocation -Immobility of the subject leg
These symptoms can be caused by a variety of factors, but all of the factors relate back to the design of the Stryker hip prosthesis. When a Stryker metal on metal hip malfunctions, trace amounts of metal stemming from the wear of the metal of the hip, attack the connective tissue of the hip and can lead to dislocation and even fracture of prosthesis. This process is further exacerbated when the patient with the defective Stryker hip is active--the same market that Stryker targeted in its marketing to doctors and patients.
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 Champaign hip attorney 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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