FORT WORTH, Texas, June 11, 2012 – Orthopedic manufacturer Smith & Nephew PLC has issued a voluntary recall for its metal hip socket liner for the R3 Acetabular System, according to an update on its website. The company states that the liner is an optional component to its R3 Acetabuler System and it can still be used with non-metal liners.
The R3 Acetabuler hip implant is an all metal device when used with its metal socket liner. The company estimates that 7,700 metal-liners were implanted since the global launch of the product in 2009. Many of these devices have been used in total hip replacement procedures.
Smith & Nephew cited the recalls from DePuy as a reason to observe and do an intensive clinical study of its liner. The results revealed that 1.6% of patients needed a revision survey – a fraction over the allowable amount by Britain’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. The unsatisfactory review led to the market withdrawal.
The metal socket has been associated with side effects similar to those of the recalled ASR XL Acetabular Hip Replacement and ASR Hip Resurfacing systems, including infections and joint dislocations. Patients with the device should contact a surgeon immediately if they are experiencing any discomfort.
Smith & Nephew has not initiated any measures to aid potential victims of its defective liner. People who have experienced failure of the R3 Acetabuler System, or any other hip replacement device, should contact an experienced attorney. Parker McDonald & Harrison Davis Steakley Morrison have composed a team of legal professionals focused on defending patient rights against negligent medical corporations. They can be contacted at 855.487.8447 or online at http://hipimplantrecovery.com.
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