Another Round of Stryker Hip Replacement Lawsuits on the Horizon?
Stryker LFIT CoCr V40 Heads
Reports of hip device failure in patients receiving the Stryker LFIT CoCr V40 hip component continue to be on the rise. This hip device part is known to cause metal wear resulting in dangerous metal ion release in the body. Certain types of this device part were recalled in Canada on August 24, 2016. Stryker recalled a different faulty artificial hip device, the Stryker Rejuvenate, in July 2012. The Rejuvenate device was recalled in Canada only months prior to the July 2012 U.S. recall. The Rejuvenate device caused dangerous metal on metal wear at the stem and neck interface.
The recall resulted in a national litigation against Stryker. GoldenbergLaw represented and brought justice to numerous injured victims in the Stryker Rejuvenate litigation. GoldenbergLaw also currently represents individuals injured by the Stryker V40 head.
Health Canada Recall
As of August 24, 2016, Health Canada has issued a recall of the Stryker LFIT CoCr V40 Heads stating, “Stryker has received higher than expected complaints of taper lock failure for specific lots of certain sizes of LFIT Anatomic COCR V40 Femoral Heads manufactured prior to 2011.”
What is the Problem?
Problems with the device are similar to those Stryker has seen in the past Rejuvenate metal-on-metal hip litigation. In the V40 cases, failure occurs between the taper of the stem and the femoral head. The friction between the parts creates a metal reaction leading to corrosion and potential dissociation of the two parts.
What are the Injuries?
When device failure occurs, patients are experiencing similar injuries to those in past metal-on-metal hip lawsuits. These injuries include:
- Need for revision surgery
GoldenbergLaw will watch for developments as news on the topic continues to surface.