On May 22, 2018, Stryker Orthopedics updated its Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head Recall to include eight (8) additional catalog numbers. The original recall occurred in August 2016 and included seven (7) catalog numbers which represented close to 45,000 devices in commerce. The LFIT V40 is a femoral head that is utilized in hip replacement surgeries. According to the recall, Stryker has received a higher than expected number of femoral head/hip stem dissociations. Severe complications from the LFIT V40 Head include:
- Adverse local tissue reaction (ALTR) — hypersensitivity to the release of metal ions found in metal-on-metal joint replacement products
- Leg length discrepancy
- Loss of mobility secondary to hip/stem trunnion fracture or femoral head/hip stem dissociation
- Pain associated with implant loosening
- Periprosthetic fracture — a broken bone around the implant that often requires additional surgery
- Revision to alleviate a hazardous situation
Hip replacement has long been touted as a way to live life free from joint pain and inflammation. However, many replacement products were faulty. Stryker Orthopedics has recalled more than a dozen products as a result of Stryker hip injuries. Many of these products involve metal-on-metal components that can cause substantial pain and release metals (including cobalt and chromium) into the bloodstream, resulting in serious Stryker hip injuries including neurological issues such as dizziness and blurred vision.
The Stryker LFIT V40 is designed to offer a broad range of offsets based on the patients needs and can be used interchangeably with Stryker’s entire product line of modular total hip arthroplasty devices. Unfortunately, due to the potential corrosion at the head-neck junction, catastrophic dissociation and metallosis can occur and require emergent revision surgery.
Clark Perdue continues to investigate and pursue claims caused by failed hip replacement products, including the LFIT V40 Femoral Head that has resulted in serious Stryker hip injuries. Contact us if you have any questions about Stryker LFIT V40 femoral head recall.