Hip Implant Lawsuits: Replacement System Failures & Side Effects

Hip Implant Lawsuits: Replacement System Failures & Side Effects 2018-05-29T12:15:00+00:00
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Rosen Injury Lawyers is currently accepting and investigating lawsuits against the manufacturers of Hip Implants where the following injuries were sustained:

  • Revision surgery to replace hip implant
  • Metallosis or metal poisoning
  • Loosening or dislocation of hip implant

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Rosen Injury Lawyers is currently accepting and investigating lawsuits against the manufacturers of Hip Implants where the following injuries were sustained:

  • Revision surgery to replace hip implant
  • Metallosis or metal poisoning
  • Loosening or dislocation of hip implant

Trust us to review your situation thoroughly and evaluate your legal options.

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Stryker Hip Implant Lawsuits

On August 29, 2016, Michigan-based medical device manufacturer Stryker issued a recall for the LFIT Anatomic V40 Femoral Head, a key component in many of the company's hip replacement packages. As Stryker acknowledged at the time, the LFIT V40 Femoral Head had been associated with "higher-than-expected" failure rates in a wave of patient and doctor complaints submitted to the company.

Over 200 patients and families have filed suit against Stryker, a medical device company responsible for manufacturing and marketing numerous hip replacement systems, including the LFIT V40 Femoral Head.

Hip ImplantsStryker Hip Recall "Insufficient," LFIT V40 Lawsuits Claim

The LFIT V40 Head is no longer on the market. Stryker recalled the product, a component made from an alloy of cobalt and chromium, in 2016.

In an urgent safety warning distributed to medical care professionals, and republished by the Food & Drug Administration, Stryker revealed troubling results about the hip implant component's safety. Specifically, the company had received a "higher-than-expected" number of reports of "taper lock failure" in LFIT V40 patients; the implant's stem and head were breaking apart, leading to severe complications.

Stryker's hip replacement devices were coming apart inside people's bodies. The FDA categorized Stryker's recall in Class 2, representing a "situation in which use of, or exposure to, [the] product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences."

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"Urgent" Recall Notes High Failure Rate

In an "Urgent" recall notice distributed to medical providers, Stryker instructed physicians across the country to "quarantine" their affected units. In total, the company recalled over 42,000 hip devices, citing a risk of taper lock failure to explain the drastic measures. Stryker's recall announcement highlighted multiple "potential hazards" to which the LFIT component was linked:

  • disclocation of the femoral head from the hip stem
  • fractured hip stem trunnions
  • excessive metallic debris
  • excessive wear debris

In simple terms, two of the hip implant's parts can break apart unexpectedly inside the body, forcing patients to suffer severe pain, loss of mobility and, in many cases, yet another invasive revision procedure.

Metal Corrosion & Debris

An investigative report published in 2016 provided further details on the problem.

Stryker's total hip replacement system, the authors note, is a metal-on-metal device. Specifically, the implant is made from a combination (or alloy) of two metals: cobalt and chromium.

In their own investigations, the researchers noted five patients who had all experienced "catastrophic" failures in implant systems outfitted with the LFIT V40 head. As the implant's metal components rubbed together, the scientists explained, the devices had released such extensive metal corrosion that the implant fractured.

The metal debris was so substantial that several of the patients were diagnosed with adverse local tissue reactions, after doctors noticed soft tissue damage around the site of implantation.

LFIT V40 Lawsuits Centralized In Massachusetts

Soon after Stryker's recall, injured patients began to file suit. While the risks posed by LFIT V40 Femoral Head are now known, plaintiffs believe that the company's cautionary statements haven't gone nearly far enough.

"The problems with the V40 head [...] are much larger than those referenced in the [...] recall notice," the lawsuits claim. Stryker has "intentionally downplayed the risk of harm and limited the scope of its recall in an effort to hide from surgeons, patients, and the FDA the true extent of the problems with their defective hips."

Most Stryker hip implant lawsuits are now consolidated in the US District Court of Massachusetts, a federal court in Worcester. Over 200 VFIT lawsuits are being guided through pre-trial proceedings by District Judge Indira Talwani.

Metal-On-Metal Implants Drive Wave Of Litigation

The main source of lawsuits, at least in the last few decades, comes from metal-on-metal hip implants. As dozens of medical studies, and thousands of patients, can attest, allowing two pieces of metal to rub against each other inside the human body isn't usually a good idea.

"Unique Risks"

"Metal-on-metal hip implants have unique risks," the Food & Drug Administration notes, "in addition to the general risks of all hip implants." Among the risks is abrasion, in which two metal implant components slide against one another, allowing metal particles to "wear off of the device into the space around the implant." The result? Many patients begin to develop "adverse local tissue reactions," as tiny metal particles build up in their soft tissues.

Metal abrasion has been cited as the key contributor to "metallosis," a medical condition associated with chronic pain, cellular death and the development of inflamed tumor-like masses known as pseudotumors. Beyond the direct negative effects of metallosis, continued abrasion in the implant can ultimately lead to device failure.

How Metallosis Leads To Implant Failure

After being released from implant components, metal debris can quickly begin to eat away at a patient's soft tissue. Over time, the resulting tissue death can force the implant to come loose from its implantation site, or break apart entirely.

In the end, some patients are left with extensive bone, muscle and nerve damage, while most will need to undergo a revision procedure to remove the faulty implant and replace it with another one. The physical, emotional and financial ramifications of a hip implant failure should be obvious.

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If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries due to a premature implant failure, our experienced product liability attorneys are here to help. Contact our lawyers today to learn more about your legal options in a free consultation.

Eligible patients may be able to secure compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. To find more information on your rights, contact our legal team now. Your consultation comes at no charge and no obligation.

Hip Implant Lawsuit Updates

Laurence Rosen, Esq. - Hip Implant Lawyer
Numerous hip replacement devices have been linked to severe injuries, premature failure and revision surgeries. You can find all the latest news on hip implant lawsuits here.

May 29, 2018 - Stryker Loses Patent Suit In Hip Implant Manufacturing Case

Stryker Corp. and its subsidiary Howmedia Osteonics Corp. have lost a decade-long patent suit, Law360 reports. More than 10 years, Stryker sued Zimmer Holdings, Inc., accusing the company of infringing on four patents related to polymer materials frequently used to manufacture hip and knee replacement lawsuits. But on May 15, 2018, a federal district judge in New Jersey ruled that all four of Stryker's patents were either anticipated or obvious, bringing the litigation to a close. Stryker and its Howmedica subsidiary have been ordered to pay Zimmer $13.3 million in attorney fees and $500,000 in court costs.

April 11, 2018 - Alleged Stryker Employee Took $75,000 In Bribes To Secure Business Contract

A medical device employee has pleaded guilty to taking over $70,000 in bribes to help a metallurgy company in New York secure lucrative contracts with his employer. The man is believed to be an employee of Stryker, a medical device manufacturer currently facing hundreds of hip replacement lawsuits over its LFIT V40 Femoral Head. To find more on the case, follow this link.

April 3, 2018 - Maryland Judge Refuses To Throw Out 200 Smith & Nephew Hip Replacement Cases

British hip implant manufacturer Smith & Nephew has lost its bid to have 200 lawsuits dismissed from the US District Court of Maryland. In their product liability claims, patients who received one of the company's Birmingham Hip Resurfacing products call the implant dangerous and defective. A number of Birmingham-branded models were recalled in 2015 due to "unreasonably high failure rates." To learn more about the story, click here.

March 26, 2018 - Geisinger Health, Medacta Team Up To Offer Free On-Going Hip Replacement Care

It's like a warranty plan for your hip. Geisinger Health System, a collection of 9 hospitals in Pennsylvania, will now offer free follow-up care to patients who receive a hip replacement implant, Modern Healthcare reports. All subsequent device and hospital costs will be covered, at no charge to patients, after an initial implantation procedure, Geisinger says. Made possible by a partnership with Medacta International, a manufacturer of hip replacement technologies, the new plan is expected to cover every member of the Geisinger's Health Plan, currently around 583,000 patients.

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