Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular System
A recall has been issued by Smith and Nephew PLC for its metal liner that is used in the R3 Acetabular System after recipients reported infections, dislocations and fractures. An estimated 7700 patients worldwide have received the hip implants that used the metal liners which are now recalled. Following this recall, our affiliated attorneys are now investigating injury claims on behalf of recipients of the R3 Acetabular Hip System that used this metal liner. Potentially, these patients may be able to receive monetary compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other losses related to their hip implant. If you have suffered problems with this implant or any other metal-on-metal hip implant, or are concerned about the possibility of future complications, contact Texas Attorney Group today to speak with our affiliated Texas Smith Nephew R-3 Recall Attorneys about your claim.
Complications Involving Metal Hip Implants
These implants were designed as metal on metal joints. This means that both the cup, or socket, as well as the ball, or head, are made out of metal. Recently, medical studies have revealed high rates of failure associated with these kinds of devices and now thousands of recipients are filing lawsuits. Several metal-on-metal hip implants have also been linked to metallosis, a kind of poisoning that is caused when metal debris is released into the body. DePuy’s recalled ASR hip implants among several other medical devices have been linked to metallosis, which happens when the metal parts of the device rub against each other and release metallic ions from their wearing. The body may develop a serious inflammatory response to the metal debris, resulting in soft tissue and muscle damage. Metallosis is also of concern because such damage can lead to additional revision surgeries. In addition, excessive levels of metal can cause a number of complications such as cardiomyopathy, headaches, damage to the optic nerve, convulsions, blindness, deafness, hypothyroidism, vertigo and tinnitus. Early warning signs of premature device failure may include joints that are “squeaky”, pain, and swelling. A patient who is experiencing any of these symptoms should speak with their doctor as soon as possible because the joint could dislocate or fracture if left untreated.
Texas Smith Nephew R-3 Recall Attorneys
Recipients are advised to speak with Texas Smith Nephew R-3 Recall Attorneys if they have experienced any symptoms such as tissue or bone damage, infections at the site of surgery, tested positive for high levels of metal in the blood, or have had to undergo a revision surgery. Affiliated Texas Smith Nephew R-3 Recall Attorneys of Texas Attorney Group are available to help file a defective medical device lawsuit seeking compensation for injuries. Contact us today to see how we can help protect your rights.