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Stryker’s LFit V40 Hip Implant Failure Rates to Prompt Recall

Santa Clara, CA: A higher number of complaints than anticipated, concerning taper lock failures, of seemingly defective Stryker’s LFit V40 femoral heads, is likely to prompt a recall by the hip implant manufacturer.

The Stryker hip implant femoral heads are known to be used on both Accolade TMZF and Accolade 2 stems, as well as Meridian and Citation stems.

The failure of these implants is associated with serious side effects, specifically: the disassociation of the femoral head from the hip stem, fractured hip stem trunnion, excessive metallic debris and numerous other complications, which all require extensive and painful hip revision surgery.

Australian health officials warned about the risk of side effects with some Stryker LFIT V40 femoral heads used during hip replacements, raising concerns about the safety of the hip implant device worldwide.

Specifically, Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral heads manufactured before 2011 are prone to catastrophic failure and metallosis problems, which could cause patients to experience loss of mobility, pain, inflammation, local tissue reactions, dislocation, joint instability, broken bones around the components.

Australian officials identified item numbers for seven models of the Stryker LFIT hip femoral heads, with head diameters ranging from 36 mm to 44 mm. Stryker has not disclosed the cause of the failures.

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