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Smith and Nephew Hip Replacement

When a Smith and Nephew hip replacement recall was issued in June 2012, approximately 7,700 patients were affected. If you received the metal liner component of the company’s R3 Acetabular System, which was pulled from the market June 1, 2012 via a Smith & Nephew hip recall, you may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer. Data has shown the liner to be mostly utilized in stemmed total hip replacements.

Early Failure Rates and Other Smith and Nephew Hip Replacement Problems

Since the device was globally launched in 2009, the R3 Acetabular System has amassed a higher revision rate than considered normal over four years at 1.6 percent, according to DrugWatch.com. A 2.89 percent revision rate is deemed acceptable for primary hip replacements.

Annually, that revision rate was 1.6 percent, which is also well above the 1 percent rate accepted by Britain’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Evidence.

Given those early failure rates, it may come as little surprise that on the date of the recall, Smith & Nephew said the metal liner was not “performing as well” as officials had expected.

The R3 hip device is now marketed using a plastic, metal or ceramic cup and a liner made with OXINIUM or cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) plastic.

This Smith & Nephew hip replacement has been associated with the following side effects:

  • infections;
  • fractures; and
  • dislocations.

The company does not take responsibility for its product’s involvement in these injuries, although officials have encouraged patients who have experienced them to schedule an appointment with their doctor for treatment as soon as possible.

At the time of the recall, Dr. Andy Weymann, Smith & Nephew’s Chief Medical Officer, cautioned the public: “As with all medical devices, anyone experiencing unusual symptoms should contact their surgeon.”

Considering a Smith & Nephew Hip Lawsuit? Contact Us Today.

Lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are actively investigating claims filed by patients who have experienced Smith and Nephew hip replacement  problems. If you were received the optional metal liner component of Smith & Nephew’s R3 Acetabular System before it was recalled in June 2012, you may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and any pain or suffering you may have been caused. Find out more about your legal options by calling a lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP at 1-888-727-7285.


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