Stryker V40 Hip Implant
Manufactured by Stryker Orthopedics Ethicon, the V40 implant uses a ball component for a total hip replacement. This ball attaches to a variety of hip stems. Many other companies besides Stryker use this ball system.
Made from titanium alloy, the device uses cobalt and screws on a chromium femoral neck, which forms a taper lock system for an artificial hip. The new metal system was supposed to be more efficient than the tried and true ceramic heads.
The V40 metal hip taper was supposed to give:
- Increased range of motion
- Improved joint stability
- Reduced wear
- Smoother surface
- Less risk of ions
Unfortunately, it instead is poisoning patients and causing other painful side effects.
Stryker uses the V40 titanium head with a variety of their products:
- And used with Rejuvenate and ABG II stems
V40 Hip Complications
Other hip implants failed when the head and cup rubbed against each other. With the Stryker V40, the problem occurs between the metal head and metal neck. When the metals react with one another, the device components begin to corrode, leading to taper lock failure.
When corrosion occurs, the device releases metallic ions into the blood stream, chances for tissue decay increases, and the device can eventually dissociate (dislocate) altogether. This failure can require removal of the head and stem device parts. This is a very painful and invasive procedure.
V40 Hip Implant Corrosion Symptoms
The side effects from the implant corroding can be painful and difficult to treat. These are:
- Loss of mobility
- Metallosis (metal poisoning)
- Device clicking
- Pain associated with implant loosening
- Leg length discrepancy
- Adverse local tissue reaction (ALTR)
- Severe pain
- Dissociation and dislocation
- Need for revision surgery
Not everyone experiences symptoms when their device is corroding. The only way to know for sure is for your doctor to run tests.
On May 22, 2018, Stryker Orthopedics updated its LFIT V40 Femoral Head Recall to include eight additional catalog numbers. The original recall occurred in August 2016 and included seven catalog numbers which represented close to 45,000 devices in commerce.
Currently, there is no recall from the FDA or Stryker. However, in August 2016, Stryker quietly warned physicians of safety issues with a few diameters and offsets from the V40 Hip Implant. Yet, when the Mayo Clinic performed a study on hip implants and revision surgeries, they found that many different sizes of V40 devices were failing at astonishing rates.
ALL metal hip implants using this mixed metal can be at risk!
Stryker isn’t the only company using the V40 head. These manufacturers also use the defective device:
- Wright Medical Conserve Cup (M-o-M)
- Wright Medical Profemur Stem (Modular)
- DePuy ASR (M-o-M)
- DePuy Pinnacle (M-o-M) with modular heads <36mm
- Zimmer M/L Taper Kinectiv Stem (Modular)
- Zimmer Durom Cup (M-o-M) with modular heads <36mm
- Zimmer Versys COCR Femoral Heads
- Biomet M2A 38mm/Magnum
- DJO/Encore (M-o-M)
- Omnilife Apex Arc (Modular)
- Smith & Nephew R3 (M-o-M)
- Smith & Nephew SMF Stem (Modular)
Finding Your Artificial Hip Implant Type
If your medical records do not show which device a doctor implanted in you, we can help. We have the resources to know if the device used in your hip replacement is at risk for corroding.
There are an estimated 400,000 implants at risk with a failure rate of 25%. It is important to know immediately if your implant is at risk.
Speak to an Attorney Today
Almost a half a million people could have an implant corroding right now. If you or a loved one had hip replacement surgery, revision surgery or known side effects from the V40 head corroding, you need an attorney with experience helping people who have been harmed by manufacturers of medical devices. The attorneys at the Michael Brady Lynch Firm know what it takes to go up against these companies to get clients what they need.
How We Can Help
When you experience side effects, it can have devastating effects on your entire life. You may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and damages. The types of losses that can be recovered include:
If a person dies from complications, family members may be able to recover damages for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses prior to death
- Loss of economic support; and
- Loss of companionship
If the conduct of a company in manufacturing and selling a product is found to be highly reckless, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the company and deter similar conduct in the future. If you developed a hernia reoccurrence after surgery, please speak to us to learn more about your rights.
Case evaluations are free of cost and without obligation. Call us today at (877) 513-9517 or contact us online to speak with an attorney about your options. We may be able to get you the help you need.