Stryker Orthopedics, manufacturer of hip implants and implant components, continues to face trouble with its metal-on-metal devices. Now, the company has issued a recall of its metal V40 femoral heads and is preparing for an upsurge in legal action related to the product.
Metal-on-metal hip implants are known for their high failure rate and Stryker models are no exception. The company recently announced a new hip implant recall concerning select LFit V40 femoral heads. The recall was triggered by higher than expected complaints from patients suffering taper lock failures. This model femoral head is used on the Accolade TMZF and Accolade 2 stems, as well as Meridian and Citation stems.
Side effects of implant failure triggered by the malfunctioning of Stryker’s V40 femoral heads includes:
- Fractured hip stem trunnion
- Disassociation of femoral head from hip stem
- Excessive metallic debris release
All of these, as well as other side effects seen in patients with the V40 femoral heads, result in a need for extensive and painful hip revision surgery.
The recall notice affects specific lots of the following certain sizes of LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40TM Femoral Heads manufactured prior to 2011:
Catalog Number Head Diameter Offset
6260-9-236 36mm +5
6260-9-240 40mm +4
6260-9-244 44mm +4
6260-9-340 40mm +8
6260·9-440 40mm +12
6260-9-344 44mm +8
6260-9-444 44mm +12
Medial Community Receives Notice of Recall
Stryker recently issued an urgent recall letter to orthopedic surgeons across the country alerting them to “higher than expected complaints of taper lock failure” in the devices listed above and manufactured prior to 2011. According to the notice, taper lock failure results in the femoral head coming loose from the hip stem, creating pain and a number of other complications for patients, including:
- Joint instability
- Adverse reaction to localized tissue
- Excessive wear debris and metal particle release
- Metal poisoning
Stryker V40 Femoral Head Lawsuits Underway
As a result of the recall, Stryker is anticipating increased legal action. The company has yet to disclose whether the failures are caused by a manufacturing defect or related to a design defect that was present prior to 2011. Patients who suffered device failure began taking legal action as early as 2014 filing suits that allege components of the Stryker device were defectively designed and manufactured.
Attorneys continue to review potential cases for Stryker implant recipients throughout the country. Many who have undergone metal blood testing and suspect they might have the dangerous device are also seeking legal advice. Some have received Stryker hip recall notices from their doctors and are being urged to undergo metal blood testing.
If you or a loved one has a metal-on-metal hip implant featuring the Stryker Metal V40 femoral head, you might be entitled to financial compensation. You do not need to know exactly which components were used in your hip replacement surgery to contact an attorney. Compensation could be available if you received a recall notice, required blood testing, or underwent revision surgery for a Stryker hip implant device. Contact us for more information or to schedule a free consultation.