Stryker LFIT V40 Lawsuits: Patients Say “Defective” Implant Led To Revision Surgeries

Stryker LFIT V40 Lawsuits: Patients Say “Defective” Implant Led To Revision Surgeries 2018-04-16T14:45:55+00:00
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Stryker's LFIT V40 hip replacement device has been linked to a significant risk of premature failure.

  • Recalled in 2016
  • Early implant failure
  • Metal poisoning

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Stryker's LFIT V40 hip replacement device has been linked to a significant risk of premature failure.

  • Recalled in 2016
  • Early implant failure
  • Metal poisoning

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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.

Stryker 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.

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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."

Study Notes Metal Corrosion, Device Fractures

Stryker's recall came the same month that researchers in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery published a report implicating the LFIT V40 Femoral Head, in conjunction with Stryker's Accolade Stem, in 5 catastrophic hip implant failures. The doctors noted 5 patients in whom the Accolade Stem, outfitted with an LFIT V40 head, had fractured, requiring revision surgery.

As the authors explained, further investigation had discovered "extensive corrosion" in the hip implant. And, moreover, in most of the patients, the physicians found that deterioration of the hip replacement system had released significant amounts of metal debris. These tiny metallic particles, in turn, had come to infiltrate the patients' soft tissues, leading to tissue damage directly around the site of the hip implant.

Stryker Explains "Hazards," But Not Causes

In its own recall notice, Stryker attributed the market withdrawal to a number of "potential hazards," citing:

  • Dislocation of the femoral head from the hip stem
  • Fractured hip stem trunnions
  • Excessive metallic debris
  • Excessive wear debris

These problems, the manufacturer continued, could lead in some patients to severe complications, from "adverse local tissue reactions" (like soft tissue death due to the absorption of metal particles) and implant "dislocation" to "periprosthetic fracture" and revision procedures.

Product Liability Lawsuits Describe Horrific Injuries

It wasn't long before injured patients began to file product liability lawsuits. In a series of legal complaints, patients from across the country described the severe complications they claim to have suffered due to Stryker's hip implant.

Many of these patients say they were forced to undergo painful, and costly, revision procedures to solve the issue.

LFIT V40 Hip Was Defective All Along, Patients Say

Their complaints, however, aren't limited to instances of implant fracture or loosening like those noted in Stryker's recall notice. In fact, a great deal of these lawsuits make a far more fundamental allegation, claiming that Stryker's LFIT V40 device was defective from the start.

The problem, plaintiffs say, is in the materials that Stryker used to manufacture the implant. As we've already noted, the LFIT V40 Femoral Head is made from a combination of two metals: cobalt and chromium. Researchers have long feared that such metal-on-metal implants may pose more risks than benefits.

The "Unique Risks" Of Metal-On-Metal Hip Implants

The Food & Drug Administration, for example, notes the "unique risks" carried by metal-on-metal hip implants, citing in particular the danger of metal corrosion. "Over time," FDA experts write, "the metal particles around some implants can cause damage to bone and / or tissue surrounding the implant and joint."

Needless to say, these "adverse local tissue reactions" can lead to serious harm, including permanent bone, muscle and nerve damage. To prevent tragic and debilitating injuries, patients who begin to develop signs of metal implant corrosion, like elevated levels of metal in the blood, should be considered for preemptive revision procedures.

Lawsuits: Stryker Failed To Provide Guidance

The patients lash out against Stryker for providing what they consider insufficient warnings to medical care professionals. While the company quickly recalled its hip implant, plaintiffs write, it provided "no information concerning the cause of the failures or the steps surgeons can take to monitor patients."

In reality, a simple blood test, patients claim, can check for elevated levels of cobalt, chromium and titanium in the blood - all "definitive" signs that their metal hip implant has begun to corrode. With that information in hand, the plaintiffs continue, physicians would be able to make informed decisions about further care. The test is particularly important since the implant failures are caused by excessive metal corrosion at the junction of the device's femoral head and neck stem, patients say.

Yet Stryker failed to provide surgeons with any of this information, the plaintiffs claim, allowing doctors around the country to remain ignorant of urgent medical information. "As a result," patients conclude, "there are potentially several hundred thousand individuals with defective V40 heads whose hips are currently leaching toxic levels of cobalt and chromium into their bodies who are completely unaware that their hips are corroding."

Consolidated Proceedings In Worcester, Massachusetts

Today, the vast majority of LFIT V40 lawsuits are consolidated in the US District Court of Massachusetts. In September 2017, a panel of federal judges approved a motion to "centralize" the cases, sending every LFIT V40 claim filed in federal court to Worcester.

That created a Multi-District Litigation, which allows both sides in the dispute, plaintiffs and Stryker, to gain from the efficiency of working through the cases in a single jurisdiction, under the guidance of single judge. District Judge Indira Talwani has been appointed to preside over the litigation, which has been dubbed In re: Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head Products Liability Litigation and bears the case number 1:17-md-02768-IT.

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This isn't a class action. Though hundreds of Stryker lawsuits have been gathered in Massachusetts, each plaintiff retains complete control over the most important decisions in his or her case. And you might be able to file suit, too.

Were you or a loved one injured by a Stryker hip implant? Did you need to undergo a revision surgery after your hip replacement system failed? Our experienced attorneys can help. Contact our lawyers today to learn more about your legal options in a free consultation. Your family may be able to secure substantial financial compensation, including damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering. Call us now to receive your free consultation.

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