SAFETY ALERT – Recall -Stryker LFIT V40 Cobalt Chrome Femoral Head
Stryker announced 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 recalled femoral heads and may cause hip replacement failure. Fill out our free case review www.mystrykerhiphurts.com or call us at 267-961-2225 and our team can help you determine if you have one of the problematic devices.
Stryker Hip Problems
The Stryker Recall Notification informs doctors that Stryker has received a higher than expected number of complaints for some of its LFIT Anatomic Colbalt Chrome V40 femoral heads. Based on the information Stryker has received, Stryker notified surgeons of potential hazards and problems with the recalled devices, including:
Stryker warned surgeons that the voluntarily recalled devices may cause loss of mobility, pain requiring revision surgery, adverse local tissue reactions, dislocations, joint instability and other complications. The law offices of Cooper Schall and Levy have successfully represented patients and families affected in colbalt chrome femoral head recall.
If you are experiencing, or have experienced problems that may be related to the new Stryker voluntary recall, contact our team today at 267-961-2225 – we can help you navigate the next steps.
Stryker Hip Failure Diagnosis and Treatment Options
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.
If you were implanted with a Stryker hip system, contact our office today to learn about the treatment options some of our other clients have received.
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. Contact us at 267-961-2225 or online www.mystrykerhiphurts.com .
Will I be notified if my hip replacement system is defective?..
Doctors are ordinarily not required to notify patients that a medical device implanted in the patient has been recalled. Therefore, patients sometimes are not aware of new device problems that might impact their health, safety, and well being. The Stryker LFIT V40 head is often implanted along with the following components:
How We Can Help
Our team is standing by and ready to help you determine if any of your hip replacement components have been part of a recall, safety communication, or hazard alert. To learn more about the hip replacement you received, contact us at 267-961-2225. We welcome any questions you may have.