Smith and Nephew PLC is a British-based company that is the world’s largest producer of arthroscopy (joint surgery) products. The hip replacement is made up of the cup (replaces the hip socket), the liner (fits between the hip socket and the head of the thigh bone), and the stem (inserts into the top of the thigh bone). The parts are made of several metallic, ceramic, plastic, or cobalt chrome that the surgeon can customize to fit the particular needs of a patient.
The R3 Acetabular System can be used to fix many hip joint problems including osteoarthritis (bone absorption), necrosis (bone death), traumatic arthritis and a broken pelvis as well as rheumatoid arthritis. The device is designed for active young people as well as older seniors. The bone is supposed to grow around the joint and make it more stable.>
One of the options is a metal liner combined with a metal femoral head which is called MOM or metal-on-metal. The pressure and movement of the MOM connection causes tiny particles or “frets” to be released into the body which can cause metal poisoning. The R3 Acetabular System with a metal cup was recalled in 2012, but between 2009 and 2012 approximately 3,000 to 4,000 patients received the implant. A high percentage of these implants have failed and require revision surgery where the faulty implants are replaced. The revision surgery is more risky than the original hip replacement because the tissue is often inflamed or dead (necrosis) and the bones are fragile.
If you or someone you love are experiencing pain, swelling and trouble moving a joint implant and your doctor recommends revision surgery, contact Nolan Caddell Reynolds today for a free consultation Your revision surgery may be done at no charge to you and you may be reimbursed for your pain and suffering from this dangerous device.