Recipients of a Smith and Nephew hip replacement might want to know what the symptoms of a failing artificial hip are. This is important both for health and for determining one’s eligibility for filing a hip replacement lawsuit against the manufacturer. The symptoms are generally the same for all implants of the metal-on-metal variety, but there are a few specific issues associated with the Smith and Nephew Reflections 3 (R3) Metal Liner, which the company recalled in June 2012, that recipients should be aware of.
R3 Metal Liner Failure Symptoms
According to Smith and Nephew’s R3 Metal Liner recall website, British and Australian medical device registries determined that recipients who required revision procedures reported the following symptoms:
- Metal sensitivity
If you have experienced any of these symptoms, contact a physician immediately.
Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System Failure Symptoms
Another Smith and Nephew product, the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System, can also fail at unusually high rates, causing failure symptoms that differ from those of other artificial hip types. Although Smith and Nephew subjected the Birmingham hip to more rigorous trials than other hip manufacturers did for their metal-on-metal hips, recipients have reported similar side effects nonetheless. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), these can include:
- Hip replacement dislocation
- Bone fracture
- Joint infection
- Local nerve damage, numbness, and weakness
- Device loosening or breakage
- Difference in leg lengths
- Bone loss (osteolysis)
- Pain in the groin, hip or leg
- Swelling at or near the hip joint
- A limp or change in walking ability
- Noise (popping, grinding, clicking or squeaking) from the hip joint
- Metal toxicity from cobalt and chromium ions released into the blood stream
Again, if you received a Smith and Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System and experienced any of these side effects, contact a medical professional immediately.
RLG Advocates for Smith and Nephew Hip Recipients
If you or a loved one received a Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System, with or without an R3 Metal Liner, and you believe it caused side effects like the ones listed above—or any others that you think might be related to the hip—then you might be able to hold the manufacturer responsible. The amount of compensation from a Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System lawsuit might include damages for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages. To find out if you are eligible, click on this link or call 1-800-624-9568 and a lawyer from the Rottenstein Law Group will reach out to you as soon as possible to give you a complementary, confidential legal consultation.