Stryker is warning that certain LFit V40 femoral head hip implants have been linked to an unusually high risk of failure. Patients may experience severe pain, dislocation of the hip, loss of mobility, and require revision surgery.
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LFIT V40 Lawsuits May Be Centralized
In January 2017, lawyers for six people who were injured by the LFIT V40 asked a panel of federal judges to centralize the lawsuits in a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in Massachusetts.
LFIT V40 Injury Lawsuit Filed in Alaska
A man from Alaska who was injured by the LFIT V40 filed a lawsuit (PDF) in Alaska on January 12, 2017. During surgery to remove the implant, surgeons found “extensive corrosion” and evidence of a worn-out taper lock. He also developed metallosis (high levels of cobalt in his bloodstream) and a large soft-tissue mass. Click here to read more.
The Stryker LFit Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral head is a modular component that is used in total hip replacements. It is used with the Accolade TMZF, Accolade 2, Meridian, and Citation hip stems.
What is the problem?
Stryker received an unusual number of complaints about taper lock failures involving specific lots of the LFit V40 femoral heads made before 2011, possibly due to a design inconsistency on the taper lock interface.
What is a Taper Lock Failure?
The taper lock connects the “ball” part of the hip joint (femoral head) to the femur neck. If it breaks, the femoral head will dislocate from the hip stem. This can cause increased metallic debris, fractured hip stem, loss of range of motion, noise, implant loosening, and other problems.
What is the risk?
Patients may experience the following symptoms:
- Loss of mobility
- Necrosis of tissue
- Metallosis (metal poisoning)
- Joint instability
- Broken bones around the components
- Leg length discrepancy
- Need for revision surgery
Australian Health Officials Issue Warnings
On September 27, 2016, the Australian Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) issued a Hazard Alert for seven models of the LFit V40. The issue has been identified in four products, while three other products were included as a precaution.
Lawsuits Filed in New Jersey
In May 2014, five lawsuits (PDF) were filed in New Jersey by people who accused Stryker of failing to warn about corrosion and metal toxicity when the LFit V40 was used with the Accolade TMZF hip stem — a combination that creates a problematic “metal-on-metal” hip. Click here to read more.
Recommendation for Patients
Australian regulators say patients with an affected hip implant should schedule a follow-up appointment with their surgeon, especially if they experience pain, instability, decreased mobility, or other problems.
List of Affected Hip Implants
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