Tuesday, October 25, 2016

IMPORTANT AND URGENT INFORMATION for Injured Stryker Accolade, Stryker Meridian, and Stryker Citation Hip Implant Recipients: The Possible Voluntary Recall of Certain Stryker LFIT™ Anatomic CoCr V40™ Femoral Heads

Did Australian Health Officials Predict Issues with Stryker’s LFIT™ Anatomic CoCr V40™ Femoral Heads?

On September 27, 2016, The Australian Government Department of Health, through its Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), issued a ‘Hazard Alert’ to Australia’s citizens pertaining to Stryker’s LFIT™ Anatomic CoCr V40™ Femoral Heads. The TGA indicated that these hip implant components were linked to a higher-than-expected incidence of failure of the taper locks at the femoral head-neck junction. The TGA identified problems with four specific products, but also included three similar products in its hazard alert. While many Stryker LFIT™ Anatomic CoCr V40™ Femoral Head Lawyers view the TGA’s Hazard Alert with watchful eyes, it remains to be seen whether the TGA’s declaration was a precursor to the latest developments with the Stryker LFIT™ Anatomic CoCr V40™ Femoral Heads that are at issue.

 

New Developments Concerning Stryker Orthopedics’ LFIT™ Anatomic CoCr V40™ Femoral Heads:

Some Orthopedists believe that the Stryker Corporation may be close to announcing a voluntary recall of certain LFIT™ Anatomic CoCr V40™ Femoral Heads. This potential recall has apparently come on the heels of higher than expected complaints of taper lock failure on specific Stryker Femoral Heads that were manufactured prior to 2011. The affected Femoral Heads have been most commonly utilized in conjunction with the Femoral Stems of the Stryker Accolade TMZF, Stryker Accolade 2, Stryker Citation, and Stryker Meridian Hip Implants. Knowledgeable Stryker LFIT™ Anatomic CoCr V40™ Femoral Head Lawyers will emphasize that 1) NONE of the aforementioned Femoral Stems have been recalled; and that 2) The specific Stryker LFIT™ Anatomic CoCr V40™ Femoral Heads that have been called into question are as follows:

 

CATALOG NO.        HEAD DIAMETER (MM)        OFFSET (MM)

6260-9-236                  36mm                                 +5mm

6260-9-240                  40mm                                 +4mm

6260-9-244                  44mm                                 +4mm

6260-9-340                  40mm                                 +8mm

6260-9-440                  40mm                                 +12mm

6260-9-344                  44mm                                 +8mm

6260-9-444                  44mm                                 +12mm

 

Has Stryker Sent Notices to the Medical Community about the Dangers associated with these Femoral Heads?

Stryker is believed to have issued a notice to Orthopedic Surgeons about the potential dangers of these Stryker LFIT™ Anatomic CoCr V40™ Femoral Heads, including:

Disassociation of the Femoral Head from the Hip Stem; Fractured Hip Stem Trunnion; Excessive Metallic Debris; Insufficient ROM; Insufficient Soft Tissue Tension; Noise; Loss of Implant: Bone Fixation Strength; Excessive Wear Debris (Polymeric); and/or Implant Construct with a Shortened Neck Length;

 

What can happen to patients with Stryker LFIT™ Anatomic CoCr V40™ Femoral Heads?

The Dangers of the Stryker LFIT™ Anatomic CoCr V40™ Femoral Heads discussed above could potentially result in:

User Annoyance; Loss of Mobility; Pain Requiring Revision; Inflammatory Response; Adverse Local Tissue Reaction; Dislocation; Joint Instability; Revision to Alleviate Hazardous Situation; Pain Associated with Implant Loosening; Periprosthetic Fracture; and/or Leg Length Discrepancy;

 

Should Stryker Accolade TMZF, Stryker Accolade 2, Stryker Citation, and/or Stryker Meridian Hip Implant Recipients be concerned? Do you have a potential Stryker Femoral Head Lawsuit?

If you are a Stryker Accolade TMZF (Titanium-Molybdenum-Zirconium-Iron), Stryker Accolade 2, Stryker Citation, or Stryker Meridian Hip Implant Recipient who believes you may have a Stryker LFIT™ Anatomic CoCr V40™ Femoral Head, and you have suffered injuries, you may have a cause of action against the manufacturer of your Femoral Head. It may be advantageous to consult with a Stryker LFIT™ Anatomic CoCr V40™ Femoral Head Lawyer as soon as is possible about your potential claim.

 

How do I find out if I have a recalled Stryker Hip or a recalled Stryker Hip component?

One way to determine if you have a recalled Stryker Hip or recalled Stryker Hip component is by consulting with your Orthopedic Surgeon. It is likely that your Orthopedic Surgeon may have received a notice from Stryker about the potential voluntary recall of some of its Stryker LFIT™ Anatomic CoCr V40™ Femoral Heads. You can also speak with a well-qualified Stryker LFIT™ Anatomic CoCr V40™ Femoral Head Lawyer about your potential case. A knowledgeable and experienced Stryker Femoral Head Lawyer can request and review your medical records in an effort to determine if you have a recalled Stryker Hip or recalled Stryker Hip component. A Stryker Femoral Head Lawyer can also evaluate the viability of your potential claim moving forward.
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