In June 2012 the British company Smith & Nephew voluntarily withdrew from the market the optional metal liner, or cup, component of its R3 Acetabular System hip replacement implant. This recall followed the company’s analysis of clinical results showing “a higher than normal level of patient problems with the device,” according to a June 1, 2012, Reuters report. Possible dangerous side effects include “metallosis,” an accumulation in the patient’s body of metallic debris caused by the grinding together of the metal components.
The Rottenstein Law Group represents patients who have suffered injury as a result of having received R3 Acetabular System hip implants. If you believe you may be one of these patients, contact us. We are compassionate advocates who will make the process of helping you obtain compensation for your injuries as simple and painless as possible.
What was the failure rate of R3 Acetabular Systems metal cup?
Of the patients involved in Smith & Nephew’s clinical trial of the metal-cup component, 1.6% required revision surgery each year, Reuters reports. That’s compared to the 1% guideline established by Britain’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
Is my hip implant dangerous?
Approximately 7,700 patients have been implanted with the R3 Acetabular System’s metal-lined cup since the component was introduced in 2007, according to Reuters. A small number of those patients experienced problems including infections, fractures, and dislocations, the news outlet reported. These events prompted Smith & Nephew to recall the system’s metal cup component, leaving the R3 Acetabular System available for hip-replacement surgeons to use in conjunction with non-metal liners only.
With its (now recalled) metal-lined cup, the hip implant known as the R3 Acetabular System qualified as a “metal-on-metal” hip replacement system. The artificial hip implants that fall into this metal-on-metal group are all composed of a metal-containing hip socket and a metal-containing ball that fits into that socket and caps the end of the patient’s thigh bone. Developed because of their perceived durability, metal-on-metal implants actually often fail earlier than expected and need to be replaced. They also often cause patients implanted with them to suffer a host of painful, dangerous side effects, including “metallosis”—an accumulation in the patient’s body of metallic debris caused by the grinding together of the metal components.
A Smith & Nephew spokesman has specifically stated that there was “no evidence of metallosis” among the clinical results that prompted the company’s recall of the R3 Acetabular System’s metal-lined cup, according to Reuters. Smith & Nephew representatives have said the recall was a reaction to R3 Acetabular System patients’ “infections, fractures and dislocations,” but the details of these patients’ ailments are not available.
For a detailed description of the side effects suffered by patients implanted with other faulty metal-on-metal implant systems, click here.
Do I have a case?
The metal-on-metal hip implants produced by several manufacturers have become the subject of lawsuits and recalls. In May 2012, almost two years after the Johnson & Johnson company DePuy Orthopaedics recalled its “ASR” hip replacement systems worldwide, the first lawsuits against that manufacturer were scheduled for trial in Nevada and Maryland state courts.
If you received an R3 Acetabular System replacement hip manufactured by Smith & Nephew, you might have a case against the manufacturer. (If you do not know which replacement hip component[s] you received, click here.) The amount of your potential monetary recovery will relate to the severity of your harm. Damages (a money award) can include compensation for your actual medical costs (including expected future costs), lost earnings, and pain and suffering.
If you think that you might be entitled to compensation, provide us with some basic information about your case now. The amount of time you have to start your lawsuit is not unlimited. Let RLG know that you’ve been injured by a defective replacement hip, and we’ll take it from there.
RLG’s R3 Acetabular System Lawyers Will Make Things Easier
The process of demanding compensation for the harm you’ve suffered can be complicated, even if it doesn’t seem fair that you should have to go through even more trouble to be made whole again. The R3 Acetabular System lawyers at the Rottenstein Law Group believe that getting satisfaction from the company that might have harmed you shouldn’t be just more hardship. That’s why we do everything we can to streamline the process, and we will file a R3 Acetabular System Hip Replacement lawsuit on your behalf if necessary. If you believe you have suffered harmful side effects as a result of having received an R3 Acetabular Hip Replacement System, contact RLG today.