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New Stryker V40 Hip Implant Recall

On August 19, 2016, Stryker Orthopedics issued a recall for one of its widely used hip implant heads. The letter was sent to medical professionals warning them about alarmingly high rate of product failures associated with the LFIT V40 femoral head. These recalled parts were manufactured between 2001 and 2011. Despite the recall, nothing removed from the shelves because the products had all either been implanted or expired.

Hip implant recalls from Stryker are nothing new. The company has had problems with its metal on metal hip implants in the past. The company paid hundreds of millions of dollars to settle lawsuits involving the Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant which created metallosis as a result of a faulty stem femoral head junction.

The V40 femoral head is used with several different types of Stryker stems including the Accolade stem. The issue is a poor fit between the femoral head and stem causing the metal to scratch leaving trace particles of metal in the hip joint. Having the metal implants can cause a condition called metallosis, where the positively charged metal ions damage the tissue in the hip compartment. The tissue damage progresses to necrosis or death of the tissue and causes pain and inflammation. A revision surgery at the hip implant site is needed to treat and stop the metallosis.

If you or someone you know has had a Stryker hip implant and think they may have issues, contact us today for a free consultation.