On May 29th, 2018 the Australia government made public a new Class II recall of LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral heads by Stryker. This follows a letter by Stryker in March 2018 to U.S. doctors notifying them the devices are failing more often than expected. This is a new list of components after a previous 2016 US recall for Stryker LFIT V40 femoral heads. All products listed are recalled if manufactured between 2002 and March 4, 2011.
A recall in Australia makes it probable a recall will occur in the United States soon. Stryker sent doctors a “Safety Notice” on March 22nd, 2018 detailing the failures and listing the expected complications if they fail. The product list in the US warning to doctors is the same as the now official hip recall in Australia. Stryker listed the reason for the new recall:
Stryker has received a higher than expected number of complaints documenting femoral head/hip stem dissociation for certain sizes of LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Heads manufactured prior to 4 March, 2011.
The list of products in both the United States Safety Notice to doctors and the Australian recall notice:
Stryker is recommending that follow-up care to monitor recalled devices continue. From the AUS recall notice:
Stryker are advising that patients implanted with an affected lot number of the LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 Femoral Heads should continue to be reviewed as per the protocol established by his/her surgeon.
The letter to US doctors noted these possible complications:
If you need or had a revision of a recalled hip device, including the Stryker LFIT V40 cobalt chromium heads, contact the hip recall lawyers at Levin Simes. Levin Simes has successfully represented and settled dozens of cases of hip recalls, and continues to represent more patients affected by failed hip implants. Call us at (415) 426-3000, email email@example.com, or complete the form on this page. We look forward to your free consultation regarding your Stryker recall claim.