Smith & Nephew has recalled a modular neck hip prosthesis and associated hip stems used in conjunction with its Modular SMF and REDAPT Revision Femoral Hip Systems. Filing a Smith & Nephew modular neck hip lawsuit may be an option for individuals who experienced complications related to this recall.
The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP offers legal assistance to individuals injured by defective medical devices, including recalled hip implants. If you or a loved one experienced complications as a result of Smith & Nephew’s modular neck hip recall, please contact our office at (888) 994-5118 to arrange for a free review of your potential lawsuit.
In November 2016, Smith & Nephew recalled a modular neck hip prosthesis used with the company’s Modular SMF and REDAPT Revision Femoral Hip Systems, as well as associated hip stems. The company acted after data indicated that the hip systems were associated with a higher rate of complaints (.527% for Modular SMF and 0.25%, for Modular REDAPT) compared to similar monolithic hip prostheses.
The majority of complaints involved metal-related adverse events, which appeared to be trending upward on a yearly basis. Metal-related complications may include:
Smith & Nephew advises that patients who received these hip systems be monitored for pain, swelling, limited mobility and enlarged bursa. If these symptoms appear, physicians should consider ordering blood tests to determine levels of chromium/cobalt ions. Ultrasound or cross-sectional imaging may also be needed to further assess the patient for any soft tissue reactions.
Patients fitted with the recalled Smith & Nephew modular neck prosthesis may be more likely to require revision surgery. However, revision surgery should only be considered after a comprehensive examination of all the clinical findings has been completed, especially if an adverse soft-tissue reaction is confirmed.
Individuals forced to undergo revision surgery due complications related to this Smith & Nephew hip recall are likely to endure a long road to recovery. Hip revision procedures take longer and are often riskier than initial implant surgery, and sometimes patients never regain full use of their hip. Filing a Smith & Nephew modular neck hip lawsuit could allow affected patients to recover compensation for many of their injury-related damages, including:
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is now offering free, no-obligation legal reviews to recipients of the Modular SMF and Modular REDAPT Hip Systems who were forced to undergo revision surgery due to metal-related complications. To learn more about filing a Smith & Nephew modular neck hip lawsuit, please call (888) 994-5118.
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