In yet another instance of manufacturing issues related to metal-on-metal hip implant technology, one of the world's largest implant makers, Stryker, issued a Product Safety notice to recipients of several of its products. The notice, which singled out Stryker's LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Heads, stated that there had a "higher than expected number of complaints documenting femoral head/hip dissociation."
Clinical Conditions Related to Dissociation of Stryker Hip Implant System
According to the Product Safety noticed issued by Stryker, there a number of clinical condition which may signal dissociation within the LFIT V40 product line. They include the following:
• Pain associated with implant loosening
• Peri-prosthetic fracture
• Revision to alleviate hazardous situation
• Leg length discrepancy
• Loss of mobility secondary to hip/stem trunnion fracture or femoral head/hip stem dissociation
• Pain requiring revision surgery
• Inflammatory response
• Adverse local tissue reaction (ALTR)
Stryker Has Previously Recalled Its Hip Implant Products
Stryker is the same company which issued a recall in 2012 for its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stem implants after thousands of patients found the implants were causing them severe medical issues. In November 2014, Stryker settled several thousand claims over the implants for $1.43 billion.
In 2012, Stryker recalled two of its hip implant systems - the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems. Following the recalls, Stryker faced several thousand claims by victims of the defective systems. In November 2015, Stryker settled claims for patients who received the hip systems before November 3, 2014 for almost $1.5 billion.
This settlement does not cover those patients who underwent hip surgery involving Stryker hip implants after November 3, 2014.
Pending Litigation Against Stryker for Defective Hip Implant Products
Litigation on behalf of recipients of faulty or defective hip implant systems such as the Stryker V40 seek financial compensation not only for the pain and suffering involved in receiving an unsafe implant system, but also for the excruciating process of revision surgery. Revision entails having the faulty implant system removed and replaced with new one that is operational. Such procedures are extremely demanding and can be life-threatening, especially for older recipients.
Currently, there are 298 cases against Stryker filed in Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in federal court in Boston, pending decision. There are also nearly 200 cases in New Jersey Multi-County Litigation. And the list is growing. Certainly, as recipients of the Stryker's Public Safety notice read the alarming information set forth in the letter, we can expect the number of litigants to increase.