Stryker Recalls Hip Implants for Taper Lock Failure Risk
Stryker recalled over 42,500 hip implants because a metal part that connects the hip to the femur can corrode, loosen, and dislocate — a complication known as “taper lock failure” that always needs surgery.
Elizabeth Bradley on January 19, 2017
Australian officials issued a hazard alert for Stryker hip implant taper lock failures in August 2016.
In November, the FDA announced a recall for certain Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Heads — a metal “ball” part of the hip joint — manufactured from 2002 to 2011.
Taper Lock FailureThe LFIT V40 is designed to lock onto a femoral hip stem with a metal part called a trunnion.
This creates a problematic metal-on-metal connection that can corrode and break within a few years.Corrosion is a major problem with metal hip implants. Metal debris in the hip joint can cause pain, inflammation, soft-tissue growths called pseudotumors, or get into the bloodstream and poison the body.
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