Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head Hip Implant Injury
Similar to other defective hip implant systems manufactured by Stryker Corporation, the LFIT V40 femoral head seems to be another example of the company’s rush to market a product with a questionable design and inadequate testing.
How the Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head Works
The LFIT V40 femoral head is an interchangeable component used with other components in various types of artificial hips. Made of metal, the head is screwed onto a corresponding metal femoral neck made by Stryker (with names such as Accolade TMZF, Accolade 2, Meridian, and Citation), to form what’s called a “taper lock” within the total artificial hip replacement system.
When surgeons perform hip replacement procedures, they don’t always know beforehand the sizes of components they will need. Because the LFIT V40 femoral head is offered in a range of “offsets,” doctors can make the selection in the operating room and attach.
Patient Injuries & Health Risks
Though promoted as a modular, time-saving solution, metal-on-metal contact between the LFIT V40 femoral head and the femoral neck component has caused the head to separate from the hip stem, fracture, corrode, and cast off metal debris into the body.
As a result, patients have experienced the following health hazards:
- Loss of mobility
- Pain and inflammation
- Metallosis (metal poisoning)
- Dead and infected tissues in areas surrounding the implant
- Joint instability and dislocation
- Broken bones around the components
Frequently, corrective or “revision” surgery is needed to remove and replace implants, following by prolonged recovery, rehabilitation, and physical therapy.
Details of the Product Recall
On August 29, 2016, Stryker sent an “Urgent Medical Device Recall Notification” letter to surgeons who implanted or reported problems with certain LFIT V40 femoral heads.
This voluntary recall notification was issued five days after Health Canada issued a similar recall notice, and a month before the Australian Government Department of Health published a Hazard Alert regarding certain Stryker LFIT V40 femoral heads.
If You’ve Been Injured by a Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head, You Need to Take Action
If you have experienced pain and complications after being implanted with an LFIT V40 component, you may be entitled to money damages to compensate you for your injury and necessary medical care and treatment. The law limits the time you have to file a lawsuit and protect your rights, however, so it is imperative that you contact an attorney right away.
Don’t jeopardize your health any further – call the Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury litigators at Sommers Schwartz today to learn how we can help.
We fight hard. And we win.
Comments about Matthew Curtis from an Appreciative Client
Your efforts have changed my life, Matt. I’m forever grateful. My wife has tons of upcoming medical expenses, and we had both been working hard to make ends meet. I can’t thank you and your staff enough.
Praise for Lisa Esser-Weidenfeller and Matthew Curtis
I am writing to express my sincere gratitude for your hard work and dedication in handling my case. I appreciate your professionalism, your compassion, and your perseverance throughout this challenging process. You have gone above and beyond to protect my rights, to defend my interests, and to secure a favorable…
Praise for Wage & Overtime Pay Attorney Jesse Young
Jesse Young worked an employment case for me that ended with almost 700 people getting their unpaid wages back. He and his team are incredible. From the first communication to the last, they never missed a single beat – consistent and clear communication, quickly replying to my communication, and always making…
A Client Talks about Andy Dragovic
My wife had an accident, tripping over a cable line that wasn’t buried. Andy represented us and were very pleased with the outcome. Andy was very professional, personable, and quick to respond to us, answering any of our questions or concerns. The whole firm was responsive to our concerns, and…
Praise for Dina Zalewski
The lawyers at Sommers Schwartz, P.C. were nothing short of amazing when I came to them with my medical malpractice case! Dina truly helped to put my mind at ease and because of her and her firm, I finally have closure and can begin my healing process! I just want…
Gratitude for Rob Sickels
When our world was shattered by an unexpected medical diagnosis, we were referred to Rob Sickels of Sommers Schwartz. What a blessing to get this referral as Rob listened to us with caring and compassion, spent all the time necessary to help us, was always honest with us about our…
A Grateful Client Talks About Dina Zalewski
Dina never lied to us and was very straightforward. I feel like she took me under her wing. She got me through something that I thought was going to be incredibly difficult for me to relive. Dina felt like a friend, somebody I could trust and look to for guidance….
About Dina Zaleski, Rick Groffsky, and Andy Dragovic
Dina, Rick, and Andy were amazing lawyers. They helped me through an incredibly difficult time in my life after losing my son. I wanted answers on why, and they helped me through the whole process and they got me answers. After I lost my son, I was severely depressed. Every…