Smith and Nephew Birmingham Hip Metallosis
Smith & Nephew has been blamed for negligently marketing defective metal-on-metal hip replacements that cause cobalt and chromium blood poisoning resulting in severe pain, lack of mobility, and additional corrective surgeries.
Victims of defective Smith & Nephew Birmingham hip implants may be entitled to settlement compensation for their injuries.
Key Factors for Smith and Nephew Defective Hip Implant Case Evaluation
- Has the patient had a blood test to determine if the patient is suffering from metal poisoning?
- Has the patient required a second surgery to repair or replace the hip implant?
- When did the original Smith & Nephew Birmingham hip implant take place?
- Where did the original Smith & Nephew Birmingham hip implant take place?
- When did the Smith & Nephew Birmingham hip implant get revised?
The answers to these questions will affect your potential Smith & Nephew Birmingham hip settlement
Should Affected Patients Follow up With Their Doctor for Hip Implant Consultation?
- Hip implant patients who suffer from metal poisoning or metallosis
- Patients who need corrective surgery to revise or replace a defective hip implant
- Patients with metal-on-metal hip implants, even if they are not experiencing pain or symptoms of metal poisoning
We Hold Hip Implant Manufacturers Accountable
The Dr. Shezad Malik law firm has filed lawsuits alleging Smith & Nephew failed to test metal-on-metal implants before approving the products for general use.
There are now over 200 lawsuits against Smith and Nephew for the allegedly defective Birmingham Hip Resurfacing devices, which are prone to early failure, metallosis and the need for urgent replacement.
The lawsuits are concentrated in the consolidated multidistrict federal court action, which was centralized in May 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Problems With the Smith and Nephew Line of Birmingham Metal Hips?
Many hundreds of patients who were implanted with the controversial Birmingham Hip replacement device (BHR) as part of the resurfacing procedure for the treatment of advanced osteoarthritis and other degenerative hip problems have reported personal injuries from metal toxicity, pseudotumors, and metallosis leading to revision surgery.
What is the Cause of the Premature BHR Failure?
The BHR device consists of a metal femoral head component and a metal hemispherical acetabular cup and the device is called a “metal-on-metal” hip implant. The cup fits into the patient’s hip socket, or acetabulum, and grinds against the femoral head during movement of the patient’s hip joint.
Both components are made of special proprietary cobalt and chromium metal alloys. During normal daily movement the grinding effect of the metal components rubbing against each other causes microscopic particles of metal to be released into the patient’s hip joint and body, causing bone and tissue death, cobalt and chromium toxic damage and the formation of pseudotumors. This medical side effect is known as metallosis.
The side effects and complications associated with the BHR are not unique to the company or the device. In fact, over the past ten years, many metal on metal hip manufacturers have come under fire for similar premature hip implant failures and metallosis injuries. DePuy ASR, DePuy Pinnacle (made by the medical device giant Johnson & Johnson), Zimmer Durom Cup, Biomet m2A Magnum, Stryker Rejuvenate/ABG II, Encore, Wright Conserve to name a few.
Injured by the Smith and Nephew Birmingham Metal Hip?
If you think you may have Smith & Nephew Birmingham Resurfacing metal hip device and are experiencing pain caused by metal corrosion or have suffered premature hip failure requiring full revision and emergency care, please call Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm at 214-390-3189. We are based in Dallas, Texas and handle Smith and Nephew premature hip failure injury cases nationwide.
Problems With Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements
The Smith & Nephew Birmingham hip is a metal-on-metal hip replacement, which features a metal femoral head and a metal acetabular cup. Smith & Nephew introduced the Birmingham hip implant as the first of a new generation of metal-on-metal hip implant designs in the United States.
In the United States, medical experts have indicated that all metal-on-metal hip replacement systems are unsafe and should be recalled from the market. As the metal parts grind against each other, they release microscopic debris of metal which increases the risk of the artificial hip failing within a few years. Smith and Nephew have also issued a recall.
FDA Investigation and Recommendations
The FDA convened an advisory panel in June 2012, to evaluate the safety of the metal hip devices. The FDA found no reason for doctors to continue using metal-on-metal hips, and the panel recommended that any individuals who received one of the implants should obtain annual x-rays to check for problems and should also receive blood tests to look for signs of chromium and cobalt blood poisoning in the blood.
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