January 17, 2017 — Lawyers have petitioned a panel of federal judges to centralize six lawsuits involving Stryker’s recalled LFIT V40 femoral heads into a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in Massachusetts.
LFIT V40 is a metal femoral head — the “ball” part of a hip — and when it is attached to a metal femoral stem, a metal-on-metal hip replacement is created. This design is problematic because metal particles grind off, accumulate in the hip, and poison the bloodstream. Tens of thousands of lawsuits have been filed by people who were injured.
Last year, Stryker recalled around 45,500 LFIT V40 femoral heads that were sold between 2002 and 2011. In August 2016, Stryker issued an urgent warning about taper lock failures involving LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral heads manufactured before 2011.
Taper lock failures cause the “ball” part of the hip to dislocate from the hip stem. It can cause loss of mobility, pain, inflammation, tissue death (necrosis), metal poisoning, broken bones, and joint instability.
The most recent lawsuit (PDF) was filed by Patton Witt, a man from Alaska who had his hip replaced in March 2008. His surgeon implanted an Accolade TMZF femoral stem with an LFIT V40 femoral head.
Unfortunately, he developed elevated cobalt levels in his bloodstream, and an MRI demonstrated a large soft tissue mass. Doctors said the problems were likely due to corrosion at the junction between the Accolade TMZF and LFIT V40 and recommended revision surgery.
More problems were discovered during the surgery in January 2015 — metal corrosion, inflammatory changes, adverse local tissue reactions. According to the lawsuit, Witt’s surgeons wrote:
“One could clearly see extensive corrosion present at this site. There appeared to be some deterioration at the trunnion with loss of the passified layer.”
The surgeon found a worn-out metal part where the Accolade TMZF and LFIT V40 rubbed together — a complication called trunnionosis, which is recognized as a growing cause of hip replacement failure and metallosis (metal poisoning).
The lawsuit was filed on January 12, 2017 in the U.S. District Court for Alaska — In RE: Patton Witt, et al. v. Howmedica Osteonics Corp. — Case No. 4:17-cv-00001.
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