Smith & Nephew Hip Replacements
In June 2012, Smith & Nephew issued a worldwide recall of the metal cup component of its R3 Acetabular System hip replacements. In a press release announcing the recall, Smith & Nephew stated that patients who received an R3 hip implant had reported higher rate of problems with the device than with other hip replacements.
The list of complications reported by patients with a recalled Smith & Nephew hip replacements includes infection, bone fractures and dislocation of the implant. A study analyzing clinical trials of the R3 Acetabular System found that patients with the device were 60% more likely to require revision surgery to repair the device than guidelines set by British health regulators.
The Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular System is a metal-on-metal hip replacement systems, containing both metal cup and head component that were designed to last longer than ceramic or plastic hip replacement components. Many health experts now believe that metal-on-metal hip replacements may pose additional risks to patients, including chromium and cobalt poisoning caused by loose metal fragments shed by the device.
Patients who experience problems with a recalled Smith & Nephew hip replacement system have been advised to speak with their doctors to determine whether there are any problems with the device. Although not all patients with an R3 Acetabular System will require the device to be replaced, talking with a doctor can help patients to determine whether they may require revision surgery to correct problems with their implant.
If you or a loved one received a recalled Smith & Nephew hip replacement, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP to receive a free legal consultation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.