Between 2000 and 2010 the number of hip replacements being performed in the United States more than doubled. Hip placements are usually associated with adults who are over 60 and suffering from osteoporosis or other degenerative bone diseases. While adults meeting the previously mentioned criteria still receive hip replacements, research shows adults as young as 45 are now needing the procedure. Hospitals in Oregon complete over 8,000 replacement surgeries annually, and those who received a replacement are potentially affected by the Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Head product defect.
The Femoral Head Defect
The rounded tip of the Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Head component is designed to help the replacement hip move smoothly and naturally. The taper lock, a main segment of a replacement hip, on certain Femoral Heads designed between January 2002 and March 2011 received a high volume of reported complaints. Some recipients of the Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Head reported experiencing problems after receiving a hip replacement. In September 2016 the Australian Department of Health issued a hazard alert in conjunction with Stryker Orthopedics.
Receiving a hip replacement using a defective Femoral Head can cause anything from minor discomfort to a sudden loss of mobility. Reports received from consumers experiencing problems include descriptions of joint instability or dislocation. In some cases patients break bones around the hip replacement areas and need revision surgery to repair breaks or replace the defective hip.
What it Might Mean for You
Anyone who received a hip replacement using a Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Head manufactured between 2002 and 2011 it is possible that you might be affected. Most adults seeking a hip replacement do so in order to improve their overall quality of living. This defect not only severely impacts an adult’s ability to return to their normal life, it can also lead to additional health problems. Instead of receiving relief from joint pain and increased mobility, you might face additional discomfort or be more prone to joint dislocation. Swelling and acute pain eventually leading to corrective surgery is a possibility. A second inpatient hip replacement surgery not only affects your health, it might also cause financial hardship if you lose wages after missing work or need to pay additional hospital copayments.
If you or someone you know received a hip replacement that may have used a Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Head then it is important that you explore your options. Contacting your hospital or surgeon is one way to discover if a defective item was used, but healthcare professionals are not able to provide you with the legal advice you need. Seeking the assistance of a legal advocate who can provide you with excellent service is the best way to secure your rights. The law office of Keith Dozier is conveniently located in Lake Oswego, Oregon and able to meet all of your legal needs. Familiar with product liability, they have successfully represented numerous individuals injured by defective products. Contact them today at 503-594-0333 to schedule a consultation.