Smith & Nephew recalled the metal liner option available on its R3 Acetabular System hip replacement device after receiving patient complaints of pain and infection along with a high failure rate within the first few years of replacement. These complaints are similar to those of other metal on metal hip implant devices such as Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy ASR hip implant.
The problem with metal on metal devices occurs when the ball and the socket rub together. The friction of this movement can cause metal pieces to flake off. This can cause infection and pain at the site along with increased ion metal levels in the blood.
If you or a loved one is concerned about a hip replacement device or is experiencing any side effects from a hip replacement, please contact Cohen & Malad, LLP to speak with one of our experienced product liability/personal injury attorneys to discuss your legal options and help you seek the compensation you deserve.