Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Component
Smith & Nephew Recalls Metal Hip Implant Component
On June 1, 2012, Smith and Nephew recalled a component of their metal-on-metal hip implants. When a medical device is recalled, it means that there is a chance that it may cause health problems. In this case, Smith & Nephew recalled the metal liners of their R3 acetabular systems because a higher-than-expected number of patients suffered from complications that required a second surgery. In fact, metal-on-metal hip implants have been associated with high rates of so-called “revision surgeries.”
All-metal hip replacements became a public safety concern in August 2010, when DePuy globally recalled its ASR hip implants. Metal-on-metal hip implants are hip systems that use all-metal surfaces. When these surfaces rub together, they can cause problems by shedding metal particles into the patient’s blood and tissue. Resulting complications can include metal poisoning, tissue death near the implant, and bone and muscle damage.
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