We Represent People Injured By Stryker LFIT V40 Hip Failure
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Replacement hips are supposed to provide relief for people who suffer from serious pain and mobility issues. But in too many cases, the hip replacements themselves end up causing even more injury. The Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays & Associates, P.C. is currently reviewing product liability cases involving one such replacement hip: the Stryker LFIT V40 cobalt-chromium head.
The problem: corrosion and catastrophic failure
Much attention has been given in recent years to "metal-on-metal" hip implants. Although the Stryker LFIT V40 is not a metal-on-metal hip, the medical literature indicates that it has some of the same safety risks.
The Stryker LFIT V40 is a "head" product that replaces the top of the femur and rotates inside the cup of the hip joint. Medical literature indicates that over time, the LFIT V40 can become corroded, causing cobalt and chromium to build up inside the hip joint.
Over time, this ongoing corrosion can cause the stem of the replacement hip to break - this is a catastrophic failure. But for many patients, the result is more subtle. The buildup of metal in the hip joint can cause tissues to become necrotic and die - leading to severe pain and loss of mobility.
The product recall
Last year, Stryker issued a recall letter to surgeons describing some of the issues with the LFIT V40 hip. However, this recall letter was inadequate in many respects. It contained little specific information and did not instruct doctors to conduct any tests or even contact their patients. Moreover, Stryker did little to publicize the recall on its own website or through the media.
Thanks in part to Stryker's handling of the recall, few patients are aware of the potential danger, and many may have corrosion or other hip problems without even being aware of the root of the issue.
Costs associated with this defective medical device
In most cases, if corrosion is taking place, patients require revision surgery to replace the defective hip. Revision surgery, besides being quite expensive in itself, is a major surgery that comes with all of the associated risks and potential complications. Some lawsuits filed against Stryker have alleged that patients have sustained serious injuries such as broken bones during revision surgery.
Some of the other costs for which you may be able to seek compensation include:
- Lost wages
- Loss of consortium
- Lost enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
What you should do if you suspect you may be injured
If you're having any sort of hip problems after hip replacement surgery, you need to find out whether you could be at risk. Contact your surgeon and get a copy of your operative report and product ID stickers - that way, you can find out what type of hip you have. If you do have an LFIT V40, a blood test is needed to see whether you have elevated levels of cobalt or chromium in your hip. Remember, an X-ray alone is not enough to diagnose the issue.
And if you have any reason to suspect you may have medical issues caused by a defective Stryker hip, you need to contact our law firm right away. We have the experience and resources needed to help you hold the manufacturer accountable and fight for the financial compensation you need and deserve. Call 1-800-898-HAYS for your free consultation.