In 2016, the FDA announced that Stryker Orthopaedics had issued a recall for certain models of its LFIT V40 Femoral Head.
History of The Recall
Used as a component of a number of hip replacement systems, the LFIT V40 replaces the ball part of the hip joint. It is a metal implant designed to lock onto a femoral hip stem pivot in a hip replacement surgery.
This is not the first time that metal-on-metal hip implants have caused problems. SUGARMAN has previously written about Stryker's recall of the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants, and DePuy recall of the ASR XL and ASR stystems. Both of these systems were also metal-on-metal hip implants. The LFIT V40 recall is slightly different as the metal-on-metal corrosion occurs at the junction between the femoral head and the femoral stem.
The FDA announcement cites "incidence of harm secondary to taper lock failure" as Stryker's reason for recall. Taper lock failure occurs when the pivot wears away due to the metal-on-metal contact, causing dissociation from the femoral hip stem.
Patients who have had this defective and recalled component implanted may have legal recourse. There are many LFIT V40 lawsuits pending in different districts, with 84 cases filed in Boston alone. SUGARMAN attorneys have successfully represented dozens of clients injured by similar metal-on-metal hip implants. Most recently our lawyers have helped patients obtain successful settlements in cases involving earlier recalls of the Stryker Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II hip replacement systems.
Injuries Caused by Defective Hip System
Patients with the LFIT V40 implant are experiencing corrosion, heavy metal poisoning, early hip failure, and other health problems. Inevitably, more surgery is the only option for recovery. All of these complications are found in other prior metal-on-metal hip products.
If you've had the Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head implanted, or even if you are unsure whether or not your hip replacement system is impacted by the recall, you should contact your surgeon as soon as possible.
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