A bid from consumers has been approved by the New Jersey Supreme Court to consolidate state court lawsuits against Stryker for an alleged defective hip replacement device, the Stryker LFIT V40 femoral head. The defect is associated with corrosion that is caused when the device is connected to another component, resulting in revision surgeries for hip implant patients. A notice published on June 1, 2017 states that the Supreme Court has granted the application to consolidate all pending and future actions against Stryker’s Howmedica Osteonics Corp. LFIT V40 femoral heads to be in a multicounty litigation that is now consolidated and centralized in Bergen County, New Jersey. The Stryker LFIT V40 device has problems with fretting and corrosion in at the stem-head taper junction that has led can lead to the systematic release of metal particles into surrounding tissue and bone, these an issue have that has put thousands of patients at risk of medical conditions and the possibility for revision surgeries. Corrosion at the head-neck junction has can cause the femoral head to break from the neck of the stem, to become loose in the body and/or sometimes depart to shift away from the acetabular cup, where it is supposed to function as part of the hip joint.
NJ Stryker Hip Implant Suits Consolidated In State Court – Law360