Hip Replacements Rank Among the Most Common Surgeries & Voluntary Recalls

Hip replacements are one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States today. Even younger, more active individuals are now frequently undergoing surgery to have one or both hips replaced. While artificial hips are supposed to last 15 years or longer, many patients who received metal-on-metal hips just a few years ago already have had, or will soon need, painful revision surgery to replace the device.

VOLUNTARY RECALL: Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head

Device manufacturer Stryker issued a recall of its LFIT V40 femoral head due to possible “taper lock” failure. The metal part that connects the hip to the femur is subject to corrosion, loosening and dislocation. According to the Federal Drug Administration, Stryker has received higher than expected complaints about taper lock failure.

Hazards from the device may include disassociation of the device from the hip stem, excessive metallic debris, loss of the implant and more. Failure can result in pain, inflammation, joint instability, adverse local tissue reaction, leg length discrepancy, loss of mobility and other very serious problems. Once taper lock failure occurs, patients must undergo additional hip surgery.

The LFIT V40 devices that are subject to the recall were manufactured in and before 2011. They have been used with the Stryker Accolade TMZF and Accolade 2 hip stems and Meridian and Citation stems. Numbers include:

Catalog Number                   Head                      Diameter Offset
6260-9-236                           36mm                              +5
6260-9-240                           40mm                              +4
6260-9-244                           44mm                              +4
6260-9-340                           40mm                              +8
6260•9-440                           40mm                             +12
6260-9-344                           44mm                             +8
6260-9-444                           44mm                             +12

To determine if you are affected by the LFIT V40 recall, or have been told by your orthopedic surgeon that you need surgery, contact Slack & Davis for a free consultation today. If you don’t know who performed your hip replacement surgery, consult your primary care physician or the hospital where the surgery was performed.

VOLUNTARY RECALL: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Devices

The Rejuvenate and ABG II are modular hip stems sold and distributed by Stryker. The stems were designed to allow a doctor to fit a hip implant device to a patient’s unique anatomy. Although the Rejuvenate and ABG II are not metal-on-metal hip devices, due to the design of the modular neck, they can cause the same types of serious injuries in recipients as has been caused by metal-on-metal devices. Rejuvenate is also associated with an early failure rate, requiring many patients to undergo painful revision surgery.
In 2012, Stryker implemented a voluntary recall of the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular neck stems due to potential risks associated with fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction, a malfunction which could ultimately cause patients to develop ALTR and its accompanying health issues.

VOLUNTARY RECALL: DePuy ASRTM XL Acetabular Hip System and DePuy ASRTM Hip Resurfacing System

DePuy Orthopaedics issued a worldwide recall of its ASRTM XL Acetabular Hip System and ASRTM Hip Resurfacing System in 2010. The ASR products DePuy recalled are metal-on-metal hip replacement devices that have been on the market since 2003. More than 93,000 patients are potentially affected by the recall. For additional information, please review the Slack & Davis DePuy ASR Hip Implant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

NEWS & UPDATES: Metal-on-Metal Implants Linked to Serious Side Effects
At one time, metal-on-metal hip implants were a popular option because they were supposed to be more durable than other types of implants. However, the manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants have issued product recalls due to design flaws, early failure rates, and harmful side effects and complications. Serious health issues caused by metal-on-metal hip implants include:

  • Metallosis: This is a serious condition that develops when metal debris is released through the friction between the implant’s metal parts, entering the bloodstream and building up in the body’s soft tissue. This metal toxicity can cause pain, swelling and severe inflammatory responses in some patients, damaging muscles and soft tissues, and requiring a follow-up operation called a revision surgery to replace the device.
  • Osteolysis: Following hip replacement surgery, a serious complication called osteolysis can occur. This involves bone deterioration around the implant as the body naturally attempts to rid itself of foreign particles produced by the implant during normal movement. Osteolysis can also cause the implant to loosen and fail.
  • Other serious complications can include: implant dislocation, infection, calcification of soft tissue, fracture, loosening of the implant, and avascular necrosis (bone death).

Medical Device Lawyers Committed to Achieving Results

At Slack & Davis, our ability to thoroughly screen and investigate complex cases involving harmful medical devices distinguishes us from other personal injury firms. Our attention to detail gives our clients tremendous leverage against tough corporate adversaries like Stryker and DePuy. Further, our full-time, on-site legal nurse consultant provides valuable patient-care expertise, which allows our attorneys to analyze the case from many different angles. We work on a contingent-fee basis for plaintiffs’ personal injury claims, meaning that you pay no attorney fees until we successfully recover compensation on your behalf.

If you are an implant recipient of the Stryker LFIT V40 femoral head, Rejuvenate or ABG II modular neck stems, or the DePuy hip systems and have developed signs or symptoms of ALTR or had to undergo revision surgery due to early failure of your device, please contact Slack & Davis hip implant recall lawyers for a free and confidential consultation. Our team of experienced medical device attorneys have successfully fought cases against companies such as Guidant Corporation, Smith & Nephew, Sulzer Orthopedics, American Home Products, Bayer, Merck, Wyeth and others.

Learn your rights and contact our dedicated and highly knowledgeable team of hip implant recall lawyers today.

At Slack & Davis, our ability to thoroughly screen and investigate complex cases involving harmful medical devices distinguishes us from other personal injury firms and gives our clients tremendous leverage against tough corporate adversaries like DePuy and Stryker. Further, our full-time, on-site legal nurse consultant provides valuable patient-care expertise, which allows our attorneys to analyze the case from many different angles. We work on a contingent-fee basis for plaintiffs’ personal injury claims, which means that you pay no attorney fees until we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. Learn your rights and contact our dedicated and highly knowledgeable team of hip implant recall lawyers today.