In June 2012, Smith and Nephew recalled the metal hip liner or cup component for their R3 Acetabular system. The company issued the recall because they were unhappy with the clinical results of the metal liner of the hip implant. Clinical studies showed that many patients with the implant needed a revision surgery.
Patients have experienced complications with the metal liner such as fractures, infections, dislocations and metal sensitivity.
Smith & Nephew launched the metal liner of the R3 Acetabular system in Australia and Europe in 2007; it was not globally used until 2009. Most of the metal hip liners have been used in total hip replacements. Since the component was first launched in 2007, around 7,700 metal liners have been implanted.
Problems with Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants
Smith & Nephews recall only raises concerns about the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants; they were supposed to be more durable than traditional implants, yet patients have experienced many problems with them. DePuy and several metal-on-metal hip implants have been associated with metallosis, the build-up of metallic debris in the body. Metallosis occurs when the metal components of the hip implants rub up against each other, releasing metallic ions into the body. A patient can develop an inflammatory response to the metallic debris, resulting in muscle and soft tissue damage.
Smith & Nephew asserts that there is no proof that the metal liners have caused metal poisoning. However, some critics say it too early disregard metalloiss as the cause of patients problems.
Filing a Smith & Nephew Lawsuit
The attorneys at Greg Coleman Law would like to hear from anyone who has experienced complications with the metal liner of the R3 Acetabular system. Patients have filed numerous lawsuits against Johnson & Johnsons DePuy Unit, Stryker Corp. and many other companies claiming that their metal-on-metal hip implants have caused metal poisoning.
If you or a loved one has suffered adverse side effects from a metal-on-metal hip implant, you may be eligible to receive compensation for medical expenses and other losses. Contact an experienced product liability lawyer to guide you through the legal process.
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