Safety Alert: 2016 Stryker LFIT COCR Femoral Head Recall
October 14, 2016
Artificial hip manufacturer Stryker Orthopaedics has notified surgeons that it is voluntarily recalling certain lots and sizes of its LFIT Anatomic COCR V40 Femoral Heads because of serious health risks to patients. Many people who were implanted with this hip replacement system have experienced debilitating pain and toxic levels of cobalt and chromium in their bodies. A second hip revision surgery is needed to remove these devices because of defective flaws in their design.
Physicians began notifying patients of this recall by letter in late September 2016. If you received a notice of recall from your orthopedic surgeon, it is important that you consult with an experienced Oregon attorney to ensure your legal rights are protected.
Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head Defects
After Stryker fast-tracked this device through the FDA and marketed it to surgeons, numerous reports of catastrophic failures emerged. The cobalt and chromium heads of the LFIT V40 corrode severely to the point that the head separates from the femoral stem, a condition called “spontaneous dissociation.” It requires immediate surgery to remove both the head or “ball” and the femoral stem.
In other instances, the device corrodes, which releases metal ions (cobalt and chromium) into the patient’s body. These metal particles trigger the body’s immune response leading to metallosis, or metal poisoning. Metallosis can cause systemic injury in patients, which is why hip revision surgery is required to remove the devices and rid the body of toxic metals.
Do I Have a Case?
If you got a defective Stryker LFIT V40 medical device, you likely received a recall letter in the mail from your surgeon or Stryker/Broadspire. If you’re not sure if you were implanted with one of the recalled devices, call us and we will get the information you need to find out. We will investigate your claim to determine whether you have a valid legal case. If so, we will actively prosecute your claim in court. We work on a contingent fee basis, meaning that we do not charge you a fee unless we successfully resolve your claim.
Get Help from an Experienced Oregon Attorney.
Johnson Johnson & Schaller is a respected Oregon law firm with decades of experience representing clients against manufacturers of defective products, including Stryker hip implants.
Unlike many out-of-state “advertising firms” you see on TV and on the internet who aggregate cases and refer them out, Johnson Johnson & Schaller represents Oregon clients and litigates their cases from beginning to end. For several years, we have successfully helped individual patients pursue claims against Stryker and other hip implant manufacturers.