Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration is warning that a range of Stryker Orthopedics’ femoral heads are at risk of taper lock.
LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral heads are modular components used in total hip replacement procedures.
Some of the femoral heads manufactured before 2011 have a higher than expected incidence of taper lock failures. The taper lock is the part of the implant that connects the femoral head to the femoral neck.
If this occurs patients could experience loss of mobility, pain, inflammation, adverse local tissue reaction, dislocation, joint instability, broken bones around the components, leg length discrepancy and/or the need for revision surgery.
Read the TGA warning here: www.fdanews.com/09-28-16-TGAwarning.pdf. — Tamra Sami