Stryker Hip Implants: Complications, Recalls, Lawsuits & Settlements
- Stryker hip implant information and recalls
- Stryker recalls anatomic CoCr V40 femoral heads
- Stryker recalls rejuvenate modular-neck hip stems
- Stryker recalls ABG II neck-hip stems
- Stryker recalls Accolade TMZF Plus hip stem
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Stryker Hip Implant Information & Recalls
Michigan-based Stryker Corp., widely viewed as the largest manufacturer of medical equipment and orthopedic devices, has a duty to properly design its products and warn the public about any risks.
Although the FDA does not require premarket testing of hip implant devices, manufacturers are obligated to design and sell safe products to the public.
Manufacturers, including Stryker, are responsible for warning patients of any risks or dangers associated with their devices.
When a patient suffers significant complications or injuries due to a defective Stryker hip device, it may warrant legal action. Stryker can be held liable for the injuries suffered by the patient.
Many patients who have had a Stryker Orthopaedics hip device implanted have suffered from serious complications, including:
- Fretting and corrosion
- Severe pain in hip area
- Fluid collection in hip area
- Avascular necrosis
- Periprosthetic osteolysis
- Metallosis (metal poisoning)
Patients who received a Rejuvenate, ABG II, Accolate TMZF, LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral heads or other Stryker impants may choose to pursue litigation to recover damages.
The devices can cause serious side effects, including loosening of the implant and the release of toxic metals into patients — complications that are leading to a number of lawsuits against Stryker.
Stryker Recalls Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Heads
Stryker notified surgeons in August 2016 that it voluntarily recalled certain lots and sizes of its LFIT Anatomic COCR V40 Femoral Heads because of serious health risks to patients.
Stryker advised them of a “higher than expected” incidence of taper lock failure for certain sizes of its device. Possible patient complications from taper lock failure include: device loosening or fracture, necrosis of surrounding tissue, and metallosis, which could require additional surgery to revise or replace the product.
The LFIT Anatomic CoCr Femoral Heads were designed to offer surgeons the intra-operative flexibility to better match patient anatomy and restore natural movement.
According to multiple reports, 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.
The taper lock is the part of the implant that connects the femoral head to the femoral neck.
If this occurs, the patient could experience:
- loss of mobility
- adverse local tissue reaction
- joint instability
- broken bones around the components
- leg length discrepancy
- need for revision surgery
This is not the first time Stryker has initiated a recall of hip components with a higher than expected rate of failure.
Stryker Recalls Rejuvenate Modular-Neck Hip Stems
In 2012, Stryker Orthopaedics voluntarily recalled its Rejuvenate Modular hip implant device due to several studies that proved the device was prone to fretting and corrosion.
Between the years of 2009 and 2012 thousands of patients received these hip implants.
According to Stryker, the modular-heck hip system may result in ALTR (adverse local tissue reactions), as well as possible pain and/or swelling at or around the hip.
Surgeons should consider performing a clinical examination, such as blood work and cross section imaging on all patients who received a Rejuvenatemodular-neck hip stem regardless of whether a patient is experiencing pain or swelling.
Stryker also suggests surgeons consider repeat follow-up examinations, such as blood work and cross section imaging, even in the presence of normal initial findings.
Stryker Recalls ABG II Neck-Hip Stems
Similar to Stryker’s Rejuvenate Modular hip implant device, the neck components of the ABG II are made of chromium and cobalt, and the stems are coated with titanium.
When these parts wear against each other where the neck meets the stem, they can shed metallic debris into the body and lead to complications.
Stryker warned that post-market data revealed that the ABG II had an increased rate in Adverse Local Tissue Reaction (ALTR) – meaning complications arising from inflammation in the tissue in and around the implant.
“Metal ions in surrounding tissues can result in inflammation leading to an immunological response including metallosis (metal poisoning), necrosis (tissue and bone death) and pain requiring revision surgery,” the hip implant manufacturer said in a released statement.
Stryker Recalls Accolade TMZF Plus Hip Stem
Stryker also recalled its Accolade TMZF Plus Hip Stem in 2009, 2011 and in 2013 for packaging and manufacturing errors.
Accolade is made of Stryker’s proprietary titanium alloy, TMZF, and may corrode and fret when used with cobalt chromium femoral heads.
The stem has a PureFix HA coating, designed to help bone grow around the implant for a better fit. The controversial hip stem causes many of the same problems as the other two stems.
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