How do I know if I received a Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular System hip implant with a metal cup component?

If you’re first hearing about the recall of the metal cup component of the R3 Acetabular System hip implant manufactured and by Smith & Nephew, you will likely want to know for certain whether you had one of these devices implanted in you—especially if you had hip replacement surgery during or after 2007, the year the metal cup was introduced.

If you don’t know what specific device(s) you received, and you don’t have the information on hand, you can and should call your doctor (either your general practitioner or the surgeon who performed the procedure) or the hospital where your hip replacement operation was performed.

You might learn that your replacement hip is indeed a recalled unit. If that’s the case, even if you are not experiencing any pain, discomfort or swelling, it is possible that your replacement hip is faulty. You could develop painful side effects in the future.

You might learn that your hip replacement system has not been recalled. If that’s the case, and you’re nevertheless experiencing pain or other worrisome symptoms that you believe might be caused to your hip implant, tell your doctor. You may have a case, even if the hip replacement system you’ve received hasn’t been recalled.

Whether you’re experiencing pain or have received an implant that’s been recalled, your doctor likely will have you schedule a visit. During your doctor’s visit, you can expect to have a blood test to measure the level of microscopic metal parts surrounding your hip, in addition to other testing to determine if your hip replacement if functioning properly. Only by receiving a complete medical diagnosis can you can be sure that you are not in danger. Depending on what your doctor recommends, this could include returning for an annual evaluation to make sure the hip implant device inside of you continues to function safely.

If your doctor determines that your hip implant should be removed and replaced, your next step should be to contact the Rottenstein Law Group. Our hip implant lawyers will demand compensation from the manufacturer of your hip replacement system for all of your pain and suffering.

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