Hip replacements are becoming increasingly common across all age groups. There is no denying that the procedure dramatically improves the lives of many. However, those who received a LFIT V40 femoral head implant (produced by the Stryker Corporation), between 2005 and 2012, should note that the medical device was recalled August 2016 due to hip failures and other medical problems—including the possibility of metallic shavings sluffed into the knee and bloodstream.
LFIT stands for “Low Friction Ion Treatment,” a technology created by Stryker to reduce frictional forces that often happen as a result of hip replacements. In their advertising, Stryker claimed that their LFIT V40 hips “enhance stability, minimize dislocation, and maximize range of motion.”
The devices are comprised of two components: the femoral head, and the femoral neck—both made of metal. The concern—and basis for the recall—is the “taper lock” that connects the femoral head to the femoral neck. The defective design and/or manufacturing of the LFIT creates a reaction between the components, possibly causing corrosion, thus sending metallic elements into the bloodstream creating the potential for metal poisoning. The term for this is “metallosis.”
Should the metal “taper lock” fail, patients could be at risk for:
- Adverse local tissue reaction
- Joint instability
- Broken bones around the component site
- Leg length discrepancy
- Need for new replacement surgery
- Swelling and inflammation at the surgical site
- Discoloration of the tissue at surgical site
The Corrie Yackulic Law Firm (www.cjylaw) is a Seattle firm that is experienced in representing people in Seattle and throughout the State of Washington who experienced illness or injury as a result of defective medical products, including Stryker hip replacements.
Call CJY Law at (206) 787-1915 for a no-obligation consultation to discuss your rights and options.