Smith & Nephew first introduced its R3 Acetabular System in the U.S. in 2007 and launched the device across the world two years later. While thousands of recipients have reported little or no complications, the manufacturer voluntarily recalled the optional metal liner component of the device in June 2012. After the recall, Smith & Nephew acknowledged that it had received adverse event reports from patients experiencing early device failure. The manufacturer also reported that patients may sustain dislocations, fractures, infections, and other complications.
R3 Acetabular System Overview
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a warning in 2013 to inform consumers, patients, and physicians about the possible risks of metal-on-metal hip implants. According to the agency, patients who have received metal-on-metal hips should consider seeking medical attention to undergo blood testing for metal poisoning. Also called metallosis, this can be caused when the metal components of the device rub together and release chromium and cobalt ions into the bloodstream.
Additionally, the FDA also announced that it would consider removing all metal-on-metal hip implants from the list of devices eligible for approval through its 510(k) clearance process. This process allows manufacturers to bypass clinical trials if their new devices were similar in design and function to devices already on the market.
Complications and Side Effects
Patients who have experienced pain, swelling, loosening of the implant, or other complications may be eligible to file a Colorado Smith & Nephew hip lawsuit to seek compensation for their injuries. Additionally, you may be entitled to file a Colorado Smith & Nephew hip lawsuit if you experienced bone deterioration, metal toxicity or poisoning, dislocation of the implant, or if you required additional removal or revision procedures.
Metallosis occurs when the all-metal components of the implant rub together and release chromium and cobalt ions into the bloodstream. You may be entitled to pursue a Colorado Smith & Nephew hip lawsuit claim if you or a loved one noticed the following signs of the condition:
- Emotional issues
- Skin rashes
- Problems with hearing or sight
- Tingling, numbness, or burning in the extremities
Contact Attorney Group for Colorado Today
If you or a loved one was fitted with a Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular hip implant and experienced complications you believe were caused by the device, consider filing a Colorado Smith & Nephew hip lawsuit to recover damages for your injuries. Attorney Group for Colorado is currently investigating potential claims on behalf of patients who believe they are entitled to damages from the manufacturer. We can review your case in a free, no-obligation consultation and connect you with an affiliated attorney if it is determined that you have a claim. Call today.