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Smith & Nephew Hip Replacement Recall

Have you had complications with R3 Hip Implant or BHR Birmingham?

Smith & Nephew, one of the major players in orthopedic implants, announced in June 2012 that it was recalling its popular hip replacement systems, including hip joints already implanted in patients throughout the world. The Smith & Nephew recall is the latest, and probably not the last, by manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants. Touted as more durable than ceramic hip replacements, metal-on-metal hip replacements as a class have had a high rate of revision surgery (implant failure) and a high incidence of metallosis (damage from chromium or cobalt build-up in surrounding tissues or the bloodstream). At Sullivan & Brill, LLP, our personal injury lawyers can handle your possible claim against Smith & Nephew if you have suffered complications of your R3 or BHR hip replacement, including the need for revision surgery. We represent people in New York City, statewide New York, and nationwide. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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Smith & Nephew recalled the R3 hip replacement system, which consists of a metal ball implanted into the end of the femur that articulates with a metal cup (hip socket) on the pelvis. The company also markets the Birmingham Hip Replacement (BHR), a hip resurfacing system which involves a metal plating over the existing femur ball. The R3 has been recalled. The BHR has not been recalled, but it has generated similar complaints of premature failure, metal sensitivity and tissue damage when the BHR liner is coupled with the R3 system.

Smith & Nephew previously recalled its Oxinium knee replacement system because of widespread problems. You may have legal remedies if you were affected by the Smith & Nephew knee replacement recall.

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