About the Smith & Nephew R3 Hip Recall
The Smith & Nephew Reflection 3 (R3) Acetabular Hip was approved via the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510k process in 2007. Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics issued a recall for metal liners of the R3 acetabular system on June 1, 2012. The use of Smith & Nephew R3 in total hip replacements is associated with a higher than expected number of revision surgeries, prompting a market withdrawal of the devices.
Smith & Nephew R3 Hip Problems
The metal-on-metal liner is linked to various health issues including but not limited to:
- metal sensitivity
- difficulty walking and pain
What Smith & Nephew R3 Patients Need to Do Now!
Smith & Nephew recommends physicians maintain their typical follow-up protocol for patients who have undergone total hip replacement or resurfacing surgery and implanted with the Smith & Nephew R3. However, this advice can have adverse long-term consequences, both physically and financially. You should immediately have your blood tested for cobalt and chromium whether or not you have pain, and/or swelling or other unexplained symptoms. Patients with cobalt and chromium levels above 0.3 micrograms per liter (mg/l) or parts per billion (ppb) require monitoring since these levels are abnormal. At this time, it is also pertinent patients contact a Smith & Nephew R3 attorney. Our attorneys help protect your legal rights. The manufacturers must be held accountable; assuming financial responsibility for their negligence which entitles patients to potential monetary compensation for their pain and suffering.
Your Potential Compensation!
You may be entitled to compensatory and punitive damages including:
- lost wages
- medical expenses
- cost of disability
- property loss or repair
- pain and suffering
- loss of consortium (if applicable)
Cobalt-Chromium Toxicity Exposure: What Patients Need To Know Now
Hip implants are touted as a life-changing medical advancement designed to improve a person’s quality of life. However, in some cases, patients end up in more pain and discomfort than they originally presented. This is due to toxic poisoning from defective devices, and it is commonly a result of Cobalt Chromium Toxicity. Unfortunately, thousands of hip replacement patients are discovering, whether or not they have symptoms, that their hip implants are releasing cobalt and chromium particles into their bodies.
The primary hips associated with this complication include Smith & Nephew R3, Stryker Accolade, Stryker Rejuvenate, Stryker ABG II, DePuy Pinnacle, Wright ProFemur, and Conserve Plus. DePuy ASR, Biomet Magnum,
At Kershaw|Talley, we represent hundreds of people who are negatively impacted by prosthetic hip implants leaching dangerous amounts of cobalt and chromium ions into their bodies. There is a great deal of concern regarding the consequences high blood levels of cobalt and chromium can have on a patient’s overall health. This presents the crucial question of whether or not to remove the prosthetic hip.
We have compiled the most comprehensive, up-to-date information to help patients make informed decisions about their health, and guide you with this difficult choice.
On this site we have included:
- Video excerpts from a three hour interview with world renowned metal toxicologist, Dr. Michael McCabe. During this comprehensive interview, Dr. McCabe answers frequently asked questions concerning the health impact of cobalt and chromium toxicity;
- An Online Medical Research Library includes dozens of articles from leading medical journals on health-related issues from cobalt-chromium poisoning;
- Hip Implants and Health Problems; and
- Expert advice on important legal topics including a guide to treatment options, statute of limitations, questions to ask your doctor, and how to deal with the manufacturer.
Getting the help you deserve
Do you have an advocate looking out for your best interest? At Kershaw|Talley we represent hundreds of hip replacement patients who, for decades, continue to rely on our knowledge and expertise in fighting and winning cases against manufacturers that put defective medical devices on the market. All it takes is 3 simple steps! Start by sharing your story with us through our free evaluation form on this page or give us a call, toll free, at 888-817-2527 for a confidential case review.
At Kershaw|Talley, we look forward to serving you and your family.