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According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Stryker® Orthopaedics has voluntarily recalled two models of its modular-neck hip stem implants due to the metal-on-metal hip implants showing signs of fretting and corrosion (wear and tear). As the metal joints of the hip implants break down, patients experience significant negative health effects that may require hospitalization or painful surgeries to correct the problem.
The experienced attorneys at The Brad Hendricks Law Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas, have a long track record of successful personal injury cases, including cases involving defective medical devices such defective hip implants. If you or a loved one have had hip replacement surgery and a metal-on-metal hip implant, such as those manufactured by Stryker®, was used, we can help.
Health Risks of Stryker Hip Replacements
Although Stryker® Orthopaedics has issued recalls in the past, the most recent one issued in August 2016 involves the Stryker LFIT V40. Previous recalls involved the Rejuvenate Modular Hip System and ABG II modular-neck hip stem and involved many of the same problems (fretting, corrosion, and device failure). However, this recall appears to affect other modular-neck hip stems the medical technologies company has produced.
In August 2016, Stryker® notified physicians that metal V40 femoral heads in the metal-on-metal hip implants they produce are leading to premature revision surgeries, meaning patients need to have additional surgeries following the insertion of their hip implant.
The V40 femoral heads are the only heads made of cobalt chromium (CoCr) rather than ceramic. Research has shown that ceramic femoral heads used in hip implants have a significantly lower failure rate than metal-on-metal hip implants. Ceramic heads are considered safer and improve implant performance compared to use of other materials.
The following stems manufactured by Stryker® Orthopaedics use the V40 femoral heads:
- ABG II
Use of metal-on-metal hip replacements like those manufactured by Stryker® Orthopaedics can lead to significant health issues that include a variety of health problems including:
- Adverse Local Tissue Reaction (ALTR), which describes when the tissue becomes inflamed and may result in extensive soft tissue necrosis characteristic of an infection
- Significant pain, which is often caused by metal debris from the hip implant entering the surrounding tissue and bloodstream
- Loss of mobility as a result of medical device failure
- Joint loosening/dislocation caused by the breakdown of the metal in the femoral head of the hip implant. Joint dislocation can also be a sign of metallosis, or metal poisoning
- Metallosis, an extremely dangerous condition where the metal from the hip implant enters the bloodstream and becomes toxic. Common signs of metallosis include cardiomyopathy (heart problems), including heart failure; visual impairment that may lead to blindness; cognitive impairment; nerve problems; and other serious symptoms
How to Determine If You Have a Recalled Stryker Hip
There are over 200,000 implants at risk, and yours could be one of them. If you had surgery for a metal-on-metal hip implant as far back as 2002, your implant may be part of the recall. Stryker® Orthopaedics released information about the following item numbers as part of their voluntary recall: