Stryker Orthopaedics has initiated a recall for specific lots and sizes of the Femoral Head products manufactured by the company as a component in hip implants in total hip replacement surgeries. These Hip Femoral Head products are components of hip replacement implants. The femoral head is the ball portion of the hip joint. The specific range of products being voluntarily recalled by Stryker are of LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral heads produced prior to 2011.
Stryker Alerts Hip Replacement Surgeons of Hip Femoral Head Recall
Patients who have the Stryker Hip Femoral Head from the recalled hip replacement component may have already been notified, but are uncertain what to do next. Surgeons who have used the Stryker product in total hip replacement surgery have been informed by a letter in August, 2016. Hospitals and surgeons were required, according to that letter, to inform users of the Urgent Medical Device Recall Notification for the product.
Notified About the Recall – What Now?
If you have been notified about problems with your hip replacement, we are here to help. Stryker Orthopaedics has faced several recalls of hip replacement products over the years, and the Hip Femoral Head Recall is a recent voluntary recall from the corporation.
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Did Your Hip Replacement Fail?
If you have had a total hip replacement that failed, are dealing with pain, inflammation, range-of-motion issues, discrepancies in leg length, or have needed further surgery to alleviate problems, legal representation should be sought to assist you to pursue full financial compensation for damages. At Meyers & Flowers, our Chicago-based team of Stryker Hip Replacement Lawyers can answer your questions, and assist you to file a legal action against the manufacturer.
Stryker Hip Femoral Head Failures
These products have been recalled by Stryker due to higher than expected numbers of “taper lock failures.” A taper lock is the portion of the hip replacement system that connects the femoral head (ball joint) to the femoral neck (lower section of joint). When the taper lock fails, Stryker reports that patients are at risk of facing many potential hazards, including:
- Femoral head separating from hip stem
- Fractured hip stem
- Excessive debris, metal or polymeric
- Insufficient range of motion
- Insufficient tension in soft tissue
- Noise emanating from hip joint
- Shortened neck length
These problems can lead to one or more types of injuries to patients when the product was a component in hip replacement surgery, including:
- Loss of mobility
- Pain, requiring revision surgery
- Adverse tissue reactions
- Hip dislocation
- Instability in joint
- Revision surgery for alleviation of hazardous health condition
- Pain from loosened implant
- Discrepancy in leg length
Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Head Is Used with the Stryker Accolade Hip Replacement System
With modern medical technology, multiple components are often involved in a hip replacement procedure. These components usually include a femoral head, a femoral neck, and a femoral stem. The Stryker Accolade hip replacement system uses the Stryker LFIT V40 femoral head.
Taper Lock Failure
During hip replacement surgery with the Stryker Accolade hip replacement system, the Stryker LFIT V40 femoral head is fastened to the femoral hip stem trunnion (a pin or pivot forming one of a pair that supports the hip replacement structure) at the femoral neck through the Stryker LFIT V40 taper lock (a system that locks the system together without cement). Most complaints about this hip replacement system relate to a high incidence of taper lock failure.
Metal Poisoning from Taper Lock Failure in the Stryker Accolade Hip Replacement System
Taper lock failure can cause a variety of complications and symptoms, including pain, inflammation, loss of mobility, and joint instability. It can also cause metal poisoning when tiny metal particles are worn off and released into the body, with the potential to damage soft tissue and bone near the joint and hip implant.
The FDA warns that certain patients who have received the Stryker Accolade hip replacement system using the Stryker LFIT V40 femoral head may be at risk for increased wear of the device and adverse reactions to metal debris resulting from wear. As symptoms of an adverse reaction to metal debris are general, patients may not connect them to failure of the Stryker LFIT V40 femoral head used in their hip replacement system. These symptoms may include:
- General hypersensitivity reactions (skin rash)
- Cardiomyopathy (chronic disease of the heart muscle)
- Renal (kidney) function impairment
- Thyroid dysfunction (fatigue, weight gain, intolerance to cold, discomfort of the neck)
- Neurological sensory changes (auditory or visual impairment)
Cobalt poisoning is a particular concern when the recalled Stryker LFIT V40 femoral head was used in the Stryker Accolade hip replacement system. Although this mineral is naturally occurring in the body, excess levels are toxic and can lead to serious side effects. Excess cobalt in the bloodstream can cause inflammation and damage to the surrounding bone and tissue.
Testing for Stryker Accolade Hip Replacement System Failure
If you are experiencing symptoms such as pain, inflammation, or difficulty walking after a Stryker Accolade hip replacement using the Stryker LFIT V40 femoral head, see your doctor for examination and evaluation. An X-ray may be ordered to examine the bone and implant placement. An MRI can provide more specific information, and lab work can help determine the levels of metals in the blood.
The problem is that inflammatory responses from metal sometimes occur with few or no recognizable symptoms until damage has already been done to the surrounding tissue and bone has been lost. If you have had a Stryker Accolade hip replacement with the Stryker LFIT V40 femoral head and you suspect that the device has failed, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Call Meyers & Flowers for Legal Representation
Our skilled product liability attorneys at Meyers & Flowers can help you seek financial damages from the manufacturer to cover current and future medical expenses and compensate you for all damages, including financial losses and pain and suffering.
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