Many experts believe that metal-on-metal hip implant devices are a flawed design and should not be used. However, other hip implant devices may also be defective and cause significant injury.
Stryker LFIT Anatomic Femoral Heads
On August 24, 2016, Health Canada (the Canadian medical regulatory body) issued a recall of Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral heads due to high failure rate of the taper lock (the connection between the femoral head and the femoral neck). A few days later, on August 29, 2016, Stryker sent an Urgent Dear Surgeon letter in the US recalling certain lots and sizes of its LFIT Anatomic femoral heads. The recall affects thousands of individual components and was triggered by reports of taper lock failure that could result in head-stem trunnion disassociation and/or fracture, excessive wear and metal debris, and other significant issues. In turn, such device failures can lead to:
The US recall was followed by a similar hazard alert posted by the Australian regulatory authorities on September 27, 2016.
Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Stems
In April 2012, a Canadian Medical Device Recall Listing noted a revised usage instruction for Stryker Rejuvenate modular-neck stems. The Listing warned that that these components may release metal debris and ions into patients' bodies and may cause damage to local tissues, including metallosis and necrosis.
On July 4, 2012, Stryker Orthopaedics announced a global recall of the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems. Stryker cited reports of corrosion and fretting as the reason for the recall. According to Stryker, the occurrences of corrosion and fretting may result in adverse local tissue reactions, manifesting with pain and/or swelling.
Act Now to Protect Your Potential Legal Rights
If you received a Stryker LFIT Anatomic femoral head or a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II stem and were injured as a result, we may be able to help you seek compensation for the resulting losses.
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