A large number of hip replacement failures requiring painful revision surgery have been associated with Stryker’s LFIT V40 femoral heads. These problems are likely to force a global recall by the manufacturer in the near future.
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What’s the Problem?
On September 27, 2016, Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) issued a hazard alert regarding Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral heads after the devices were linked to numerous reports of failure of the taper lock, the place where the femoral head of the hip implant connects to the femoral neck. TGA noted that patients and orthopedic surgeons should be concerned about the following potential complications in patients who received Stryker LFIT V40 femoral heads:
- Loss of mobility
- Adverse local tissue reaction (ALTR)
- Joint instability
- Broken bones around the hip implant
- Leg length discrepancy
- The need for revision surgery
Which Products are Affected?
The following modular hip implants were specifically noted in the Australian safety notification:
Catalog Number Head Diameter Offset
6260-9-236 36mm +5
6260-9-240 40mm +4
6260-9-244 44mm +4
6260-9-340 40mm +8
6260·9-440 40mm +12
6260-9-344 44mm +8
6260-9-444 44mm +12
What is the Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head?
The LFIT V40 femoral heads are made of a cobalt and chromium alloy, which are designed to be used during hip replacement surgery. The devices are utilized in a number of Stryker modular hip implant devices including the Accolade TMZF and Accolade stems, as well as Meridian and Citation stems. Models noted in the Australian hazard alert were manufactured prior to 2011.
Information has not yet been provided for consumers or the public about which specific hip replacements may have included this component, but it is possible the LFit V40 Femoral Head may have been used with various different types of Stryker hip implants in recent years, potentially including:
• Stryker Accolade Hip
• Stryker ABG II
• Stryker Rejuvenate
• Stryker Meridian Hip
• Stryker Citation Hip
• Other Stryker Hip Replacements
Has a Class Action Been Filed?
The problems with Stryker LFIT V40 femoral heads have only recently surfaced, and no class action lawsuit has yet been filed over injuries alleged from the devices. However, complaints filed over Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants, which were recalled over similar safety concerns in July 2012, were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL No. 13-2441) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. In 2013, Stryker submitted a securities filing estimating that the company could spend up to $1.13 billion to resolve lawsuits in the litigation.
Do I Have a Stryker LFIT V40 Hip Implant Lawsuit?
The law firm of Joel A. Nash is experienced at the representation of plaintiffs in Stryker LFIT V40 Hip Implant lawsuits. He handles individual litigation nationwide and is currently accepting new injury cases in all 50 states. Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you suffered damages or injuries from a Stryker hip implant, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.
Contact a Skilled Hip Replacement Attorney Today
The Law Office of Joel A. Nash has the skill and experience to hold the manufacturers of hip replacement systems accountable for the harm caused by these medical devices when they fail unnecessarily. Call our law firm nationwide at (855) 755-2978 to schedule an appointment to discuss your case. It is not too late to receive compensation from manufacturer settlements, but acting quickly is imperative.