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Stryker Hip replacement recall is a new voluntary recall involving certain femoral heads that are used in total hip replacement procedures. On August 29, 2016, Stryker sent an “Urgent Medical Device Recall Notification” letter to surgeons that have implanted or reported problems with certain Stryker LFIT V40 femoral heads made before 2011. The letter explained that Stryker has received a higher than expected number of complaints involving the Stryker Hip Implant recalled femoral heads and may cause hip replacement failure.
What you need to know about the Stryker Hip Replacement Recall
The Stryker Recall Notification informs doctors that Stryker has received a higher than expected number of complaints for some of its LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral heads. Based on the information Stryker has received, Stryker notified surgeons of potential hazards and problems with the recalled devices, including:
- Disassociation of the femoral head from the hip stem
- Hip stem fractures
- Excessive metallic debris
- Insufficient range of motion
- Loss of implant/bone fixation strength
- Excessive wear debris
Elevated cobalt and/or chromium levels may indicate that a person’s Stryker hip is defective
Stryker warned surgeons that the voluntarily hip implant recalled devices may cause:
- loss of mobility
- pain requiring revision surgery
- adverse local tissue reactions
- joint instability
- and other complications.
Stryker’s Recall Notification does not give specific directions about follow-up treatments for patients implanted with the LFIT V40 femoral stems that are part of Stryker’s recall. However, someone who has a recalled Stryker hip may be able to tell if their device is failing by undergoing a blood test to check the person’s cobalt and chromium levels. Elevated cobalt and/or chromium levels may indicate that a person’s Stryker hip is defective because it is releasing metal ions at the junction between the LFIT V40 femoral head and the stem component. People with elevated metal ion levels may require a revision surgery to remove and replace the failed hip replacement system.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Stryker expects to spend between $700 million and $1.13 billion to settle lawsuits for ABG II Modular Stems and Rejuvenate hip replacements.
How to get help with the Stryker Hip Implant Recall
If you were implanted with a Stryker hip system, you may have been implanted with one of the devices that has been recalled. Our team is experienced in hip device litigation and we are ready to help you determine whether you were implanted with a recalled hip replacement system. Send us your contact information using the form on this page, and we will help you understand your rights and if you are entitled to compensation. This is a totally free service, with no hidden costs.
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Did you Know? Stryker Hip Replacement Recall Facts
Consumer’s Union found 578 recalls from six major manufacturers from 2002 to 2013, : Biomet, DePuy, Stryker,Smith & Nephew, Wright and Zimmer. Stryker had the most recalls, with an estimate of 231 and DePuy came in second with around 150.
These hip replacement recalls unfortunately came too late for many people, who already received the defective devices.
Should I discuss with my family practice doctor, or general internist?
According to the FDA, patients should monitor for symptoms of metal poisonings. Reports of patients with metal-on-metal hip implants who experienced medical issues in areas of the body away from their implant. It’s possible that these problems may be related to metal ions released by the metal hip implant.
If you see a health care provider for the evaluation of any new or worsening symptoms outside the hip/groin area, including the symptoms related to your skin, heart, nervous system, kidneys, or thyroid gland, it is very important that you tell the clinician that you have a metal-on-metal hip implant. This information is critical as it may affect the types of tests that are ordered.