The Stryker Corporation, one of the leading manufacturers for medical devices, including hip implant devices, has had numerous safety alerts issued by the Food and Drug Administration on multiple Stryker products. The LFit® V40, one of Stryker Corporation’s products, has received a high volume of complaints issued by doctors and patients due to the femoral head components. The devices are prone to high failure rates and defects.
When the metal hip implant devices fail patients suffer from serious complications and health risks. Patients may have to undergo revision surgery, that is not only painful but costly, in order to remove the defective device.
Symptoms of failure and break down of the LFit V40 include:
- Adverse local tissue reaction
- Broken bones around the component
- Joint instability
- Leg length discrepancy
- Loss of mobility
- Revision surgery
In 2012 The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the Stryker Corporation issued a voluntary recall of their Rejuvenate and ABG ll metal hip implant devices. After repeated testing, it was proven that the artificial metal joints in the devices would corrode and break down quickly due to normal wear and tear from the body.
The corrosion then causes increasing amounts of toxic metal debris to enter a patient’s surrounding tissue and bloodstream leading to multiple dangerous side effects including:
- Cobalt or chromium poisoning
- High levels of metal in the bloodstream, a condition known as metallosis
- Pain in the groin, hip or leg
- Painful and pronounced limp
- Swelling on and around the hip joint
- Revision surgery
If a defective product has injured you or a loved one, contact a North Carolina defective product lawyer at Daggett Shuler injury & disability lawyers to protect your legal rights. We want to help you hold these thoughtless or careless manufacturers accountable for the unsafe products they market to the unsuspecting public.