On June 1, 2012, Smith & Nephew ordered a market withdrawal for metal liners of its R3 acetabular system as a result of an enormous amount of revision surgeries linked to the use of the device, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
These recalls were issued following data sources reporting the metal liner in the R3 system performing at insufficient levels. According to the United Kingdom’s National Joint Registry, the metal liner recorded a revision rate of 6.3 percent at four years, while the Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry recorded a revision rate of 4.96 percent at two years.
Following the recall, our defective product attorneys have begun reviewing injury claims on behalf of patients injured following the implantation of the R3 acetabular system using the metal liner. If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of the Smith & Nephew Hip Liner, the victim may be eligible to seek compensation for losses and damages.
Problems Related To The Smith & Nephew Hip Liner
According to Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics “there is not one single, dominant reason why the metal liner is not performing to their standards”, while a great variety of metal-on-metal hip implants have been linked to a type of poisoning caused by releasing metal particles into the body, known as metallosis. Metallosis is linked to several adverse side effects such as severe inflammatory response to the debris, which results in damage to the soft tissue, muscles and bones. While the recall was simply precautionary and not prompted by reports of metal poisoning, it remains to be a common concern.
Some conditions relating to the Smith & Nephew Hip Liner include:
- Metal sensitivity
In March 2012, the U.S. Federal Food and Drug Administration announced they would be scheduling a two-day review on Smith & Nephews Hip Liners. This would include input gathered by researchers, doctors, scientists and patients in order to determine new standards for similar metal-on-metal hip implants.
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