Earlier this month, Smith & Nephew recalled the optional metal liner used with their R3 Acetaburlar hip replacement system, which can make it a metal-on-metal design. A number of different metal-on-metal hip replacement systems sold by several manufacturers have been linked to problems, and the Smith & Nephew indicates that the R3 metal hip liner has a revision rate that is higher than acceptable.
The hip replacement lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential claims for individuals who have experienced complications after receiving a recalled Smith & Nephew hip, or any other metal-on-metal hip replacement, including systems sold by DePuy, Wright Medical, Biomet and other manufacturers.
Metal-on-metal hip replacements have been found to release microscopic shavings of metal into the body as the metal parts rub against each other. This can damage soft tissue, cause inflammatory reactions, lead to bone loss or a loosening of the implant.
The Smith & Nephew hip recall was issued on June 1, for a metal liner that may be used with the R3 hip replacement system. Since the product was introduced in 2007, and launched globally in 2009, approximately 7,700 of the recalled metal hip liners have been implanted, with most used in total hip replacements.
Smith & Nephew Hip Lawyers Reviewing Lawsuits Nationwide
Symptoms of problems from a Smith & Nephew metal-on-metal hip replacement may include:
- Hip or Groin Pain
- Difficulty Walking or Standing
- Inflammation or Swelling
- Loosening or Failure of the Implant
- Development of Tumors
- Revision Surgery to Replace the Artificial Hip
Although many consumers were told that metal-on-metal hip replacements would be more durable and last longer, individuals often require revision surgery within a few years after experiencing problems.
SMITH & NEPHEW HIP LAWSUIT
The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential claims for individuals throughout the United States who may be entitled to financial compensation through a Smith & Nephew hip replacement lawsuit. As a result of the defective and dangerous design, individuals may face an increased risk of catastrophic failure for their implant.
To discuss a case for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.