Stryker Orthopedics LFIT V40 Hip Recall Lawyers

Searcy Denney is representing LFIT V40 hip replacement recipients in lawsuits alleging that Stryker failed to properly warn them of risks associated with the potentially defective product.

Hip replacement surgery, also called arthroplasty, is one of the most commonly performed operations in the U.S. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), approximately 2.5 million people of all ages are living with artificial hips. For many, this popular surgery has replaced debilitating joint dysfunctions with pain-free mobility.

Many artificial hip components and systems on the market have proven to be safe and effective for long-term use. That being said, there have also been defective hip products that were irresponsibly marketed and given to trusting patients with no regard for their health. The result has been hundreds, if not thousands of unsuspecting people now living with hip-related pain, physical injuries and costly revision surgeries.

Stryker Releases Urgent Recall Notification for LFIT V40 Femoral Head

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Orange arrow indicates “dissociation” where the stem has disengaged from the LFit V40 Femoral head

Stryker Orthopedics, a subsidiary of Stryker Corporation, is a leading world medical technology company focused on hip and knee replacements systems. Despite their influence, Stryker Orthopedics has faced a number of complaints and lawsuits that have led to several mass recalls, lawsuits and suffering hip replacement patients.

Their latest product failure was announced in the U.S. on August 29, 2016 when the company voluntarily sent an “urgent medical device recall” to surgeons and healthcare facilities for the 36mm Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Head. The product was manufactured from 2002 – 2011, and by the time the recall was issued, most or all of the recalled LFIT V40 femoral heads hard already been implanted in patients.

Stryker’s recall notification told health professionals the company had received “several complaints describing incidence of harm secondary to taper lock failure for specific lots of numerous catalog numbers of LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Heads.”

The notification directed healthcare professionals to contact patients who received hip replacement surgeries with the LFIT V40 and to quarantine the affected devices. Less than two months later on October 11, 2016, Stryker followed with another recall notification identifying additional lot numbers.

Just before Stryker issued their voluntary recall, Health Canada issued a similar one, followed by still another recall by the Australian Government Department of Health, Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Are You a LFIT V40 Femoral Head Recipient? Call Today for a Free Consultation

Healthy joint function is an important part of everyday life, and yours should not be compromised by a defective product or its manufacturers questionable conduct. The legal team at Searcy Denney has represented clients throughout the country in defective drug and product claims for more than 40 years. We understand how to protect your rights and will fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (800) 780-8607 for a free, no obligation consultation to talk about your potential case.

What is the LFIT V40 Femoral Head?

The LFIT V40 is a metal, ball-like component commonly used as part of a hip replacement system with other Stryker parts (femoral stems Accolade TMZF, Accolade II, and Citation) as well as with other brands. The part replaces the natural femoral head on the upper thigh bone. It’s designed to be locked into a femoral hip stem trunnion at the femoral neck (hip socket) with the LFIT V40 taper lock during hip replacement surgery.

Though Stryker marketed the LFIT V40 as a device that could increase a patient’s hip mobility and stability, the opposite proved to be true.

The problem lies with taper lock failures on the LFIT V40 femoral heads. In worst-case scenarios, these taper locks can break and detach or “dissociate” from the femoral neck. Because the hip components are metal-on-metal, abrasion can also create and release metal debris into the body.

In less severe cases, the defective femoral head can cause a range of complications, damage and painful symptoms. Patients are often forced to undergo extensive, expensive and painful revision surgery that is sometimes worse than the initial operation.

Many patients who were fitted with the LFIT V40 have suffered the following complications:

  • Catastrophic hip failure
  • Spontaneous hip dislocation of the head and stem (dissociation)
  • Hip stem fractures
  • Loss of implant/bone strength
  • Limited range of motion
  • Excessive wear debris
  • Metal poisoning
  • Tissue or bone damage
  • Pseudo tumors
  • Extensive time in surgery

Have You Had Hip Replacement Surgery Since 2002?

patient with hip painIf you received a hip implant within the last 15 years and believe it was manufactured by Stryker, you could be at risk for serious side effects and should take steps to protect yourself.

The LFIT V40 Femoral Head was used in hip replacement surgeries as early as 2002, making the number of affected people in the tens of thousands.

If you’ve suffered with hip pain or complications after a hip replacement surgery, please know you’re not alone. We have fought on behalf of hundreds of injured patients of all ages and we believe you, too, deserve to be free of pain and mounting medical bills.

While our law firm is one of the largest in the country, our practice is devoted to representing everyday victims, not billion dollar corporations. We come alongside our clients. We see what you’ve been through and know what you face moving forward. Even if you’re not sure about pursuing legal action for your pain and suffering, please call us for a risk-free, no-cost consultation today at (800) 780-8607. There is no obligation to hire us if you decide to file a claim and your call is confidential.

LFIT V40 Failure Symptoms

When a hip replacement system or one of its components fail, the patient could experience symptoms that aren’t obviously related to a problem with the hip component. Hip discomfort and immobility are clear symptoms, but others such as tissue damage and metal poisoning are not.

Symptoms of a defective hip implant can include:

  • Severe pain, such as bursitis
  • Loss of mobility
  • Metallosis*, metal poisoning of the body by metal particles (cobalt or chromium)
  • Tissue necrosis
  • Joint instability or difficulty walking
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Leg length discrepancy

 

* Metallosis can cause the following symptoms:

  • Confusion, fatigue, dizziness and headaches
  • Skin infections
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Heart irregularities
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Psychological and neurological changes

Most recalled hips will require a revision surgery even if you’re not experiencing pain. We can help you find a qualified doctor for your revision surgery. Simply ask us how or learn more about speaking with a doctor in our Video Gallery.

How Many Stryker Hips Have Been Recalled?

Stryker has recalled a number of hip replacement components and systems over the last 15 years. The recent LFIT V40 Femoral Head recall comes on the heels of Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants recall. That recall resulted in thousands of lawsuits, many of which have been successfully resolved through settlement. Searcy Denney filed the first Rejuvenate case in the U.S. and was appointed by the court to a leadership position in the litigation, ultimately serving at the court’s request on the Plaintiffs’ Settlement Negotiating Team.

It May Be Time to Contact an Attorney If:

  • Your hip replacement has caused you pain, limited motion, dislocation, or other serious complications
  • You have endured one or more painful revision surgeries
  • You are suffering from metal poisoning symptoms related to your Stryker hip

If you identify with any of the above points, you could qualify for compensation to help pay for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering. Countless others just like you trusted Stryker Orthopedics to provide a long-term solution for their hip replacement needs; Stryker promised, but failed to deliver. Thus, they should compensate you for their mistake.

If you or a loved one had hip implant surgery between the years of 2002 and 2012, it’s imperative that you learn if you are eligible to take action against the company responsible for your pain and suffering. Bear in mind that Stryker sold more than $9 billion worth of products in 2013 alone; you could be among those affected by the recall.

Searcy Denney: How We Can Help

At Searcy Denney, our job is to help ensure that you move on from this trying experience and live free of the pain and burden caused by defective medical devices. Because of our experience counseling other hip implant failure victims, we are uniquely qualified to answer your questions and provide solid advice regarding your situation.

With almost 50 years of combined experience protecting consumers against faulty medical devices, our attorneys are more than prepared to fight for you. These types of lawsuits tend to become overwhelming with phone calls, medical records, and paperwork.

You’ve been through enough—you should be free to focus on yourself and your recovery now. Let us handle your legal matters and defend your rights. Contact us here or call to speak with one of our lawyers at 800-388-3905. There is no cost or obligation to speak with a member of our firm. Your conversation with us is strictly confidential and you can receive sound legal advice – free of charge.

It’s our goal to make this entire process as easy and comfortable as possible. Learn about your rights and remember that time limits do apply. Call us today!

Watch one of our clients tell her real life story of the suffering she has been forced to endure as a result of injuries she suffered from defects in Stryker’s Rejuvenate Hip Implant.

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