Stryker, one of the largest and most popularly used hip implant manufacturers, is facing some potentially major product liability legal problems surrounding one of their metal-on-metal hip replacement system. This isn’t the first time, however, that their metal hip implant systems have been pulled from the market for putting patients at risk. In 2012, they recalled two other hip systems—the Stryker Rejuvenate Hip and the Stryker ABG Hip. They quickly became inundated with lawsuits from former patients claiming that the Stryker hip they had implanted had caused serious complications (metal poisoning, dislocations, catastrophic failure, etc.) leading to injury and typically a revision surgery.
Stryker may be back in the hot seat. On August 29, 2016, they issued an urgent warning to medical device implant orthopedic surgeons that hip implant patients were experiencing extremely high failure rates of prosth
etics containing their LFIT (Low Friction Ion Treatment) V40 femoral head. Stryker explained that “higher than expected complaints of taper lock failure” has been occurring which could lead to a complete dissociation of the femoral head from the hip stem, excessive metal debris in the hip joint and dangerous metal poisoning in hip replacement patients.
Stryker may now face negligence claims for failing to warn physicians and patients many years earlier when recalling their Rejuvenate and ABG hip implants, which included the LFIT V40. when Many patients have already been injured—some experiencing catastrophic hip implant failure.
Background on the LFIT V40 Femoral Head
Artificial hip implant systems consist of several parts that work together to create the “hip system”. These parts generally include a:
The LFIT V40 is the femoral head component used in many of the Stryker hip implants and can be better understood as the part that replaces the “ball” at topmost part of the femur or upper thigh bone. The ball then fits inside the socket of the pelvis bone which makes hip joint rotation possible.
The Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Heads are used with the following replacement hip implant systems used over the past 17 years:
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