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Stryker LFIT Metal V40 Femoral Head Lawsuit

The Stryker Corp. is facing thousands of lawsuits for injuries and complications caused by the Stryker Metal LFIT V40 Femoral Head hip implant which was recalled in 2016.

Do I have a Case?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a notification that Stryker had voluntarily recalled the Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head Hip Implants. The recall had begun in August of 2016 and was announced in November following regulatory actions that occurred in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.

The recall of the metal LFIT V40 femoral head hip component was the third hip implant recall that Stryker issued in less than five years. Other recalls issued by Stryker had included the ABG II and Rejuvenate hip implants.

Stryker’s metal LFIT V40 femoral head recall was issued after a number of complications appeared to have been caused by the implant.

Complications cited in complaints included:

  • Pain and inflammation
  • Joint dislocation
  • Loss of mobility
  • Infection
  • Metallosis or metal poisoning

Implant recipients who experienced early device failure, severe complications or required revision surgery have filed Stryker LFIT Metal V40 Femoral Head Lawsuits seeking compensation for their injuries.

Stryker’s LFIT V40 Taper Lock Failure

Like other hip replacement devices, the Stryker LFIT device is comprised of replacement for the ball and socket of the hip joint. Replacing worn bone and joint tissue with metal components is intended to restore balance and stability by mimicking natural hip movement with a sturdy, metal construct.

The metal LFIT V40 Femoral Head is the “ball” portion of the hip system. It is connected to the “stem” which is attached to the top portion of the large leg bone or femur. Many patients who have experienced complications of the LFIT device, have been injured because of “taper lock failure” which has disconnected or become loose at the joint between the ball and stem.

For some patients, the LFIT device has functioned well, but others have experienced taper lock failure, which affects that connection between the head and stem of the device.

Taper lock failure or other complications can lead to:

  • Popping or clicking noises
  • Limited range of motion
  • Dislocation
  • Hip fractures
  • Metal fragments or shedding
  • Metal poisoning
  • Loss of bone
  • Damage to soft tissue in the area surrounding the implant
  • Excessive wear and tear
  • Implant failure

In some cases, malfunctioning implants have led to loss of mobility and destruction of previously healthy joint tissue. In most cases, device failure whether due to taper lock failure or other complications, will require revision surgery. Some patients may require multiple surgeries to remove the defective device, repair or reconstruct the joint damage and replace the device with a new, functioning implant.

Stryker LFIT V40 CoCr Hip Implant Metallosis

The Stryker V40 LFIT femoral head is constructed of a metal alloy containing Chromium and Cobalt which are known to be toxic. Under ideal circumstances, the CoCr metal alloy will be durable and long lasting but, in some cases,, patients experience excessive grating of metal surfaces against one another. This can release metal fragments into the hip joint tissue.

Metal shedding in the local area may cause inflammation, fluid buildup and growth of “pseudo tumor”. Over time, joint tissue, including bone may begin to break down and dissolve. If metal fragments or metal ions are transported and absorbed by the bloodstream, a body-wide or systemic illness may occur. Systemic metallosis often has symptoms that mimic the flu and include body aches, headache and other flu-like symptoms.

Filing a Stryker Metal LFIT V40 Femoral Head Lawsuit

People or loved ones of those who experienced taper lock failure or other complications of the Stryker LFIT Metal V40 Femoral Head Hip Implant may be eligible for compensation. Each case is unique and must be evaluated separately.

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