The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered a review of all metal-on-metal hip implants due to mounting patient complaints. In August 2010, the DePuy Orthopaedics ASR XL Acetabular System and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System were recalled. More recently, in June 2012, the Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular Hip System was recalled. The R3 Acetabular System hip replacement device was designed to accommodate several different bearing surfaces, including metal-on-metal. It can be used with different combinations of femoral stem components to form a total hip replacement. The artificial hip implants that fall into the metal-on-metal group are all composed of a metal-containing hip socket and a metal-containing ball that fits into that socket. When an R3 metal liner is used in combination with a metal femoral head, the resulting combination is a metal-on-metal hip replacement system. The Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular System used with a metal liner has been associated with causing injuries, such as infections, fractures, dislocations, and metalosis from increased levels of cobalt and chromium in the bloodstream.
The Suthers Law Firm is presently representing numerous individuals in pending lawsuits against DePuy Orthopaedics, and is investigating potential cases against Smith & Nephew. If you or a loved one believe you have suffered serious injuries as a result of one of these hip implant devices, contact the experienced defective medical device attorneys at Suthers Law Firm on our toll free number, 1-800-320-2384, for a free consultation.