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Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular System Recalled

BHR System recalled in 2015

Smith & Nephew is a multinational medical equipment manufacturer based in London, England, with products sold in over 90 countries, including the United States. They are the world’s fourth-largest producer of orthopedic reconstruction products, including the Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) System.

Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2006, the BHR system is a metal-on-metal hip replacement system designed to relieve pain and improve hip joint function. The reality of this product is that is has proven to be dangerous, ineffective, and harmful to patients.

The BHR consists of two parts:

  • A cap in the form of a ball head known as the femoral resurfacing component
  • A socket in the shape of a shallow cup known as the acetabular component

The acetabular component was designed to replace the damaged surface of the hip socket, while the femoral resurfacing component is attached with cement to the top of the thigh bone. Unlike other hip replacement systems, the femoral bone is resurfaced with metal, instead of being replaced with a stem.

This system was created to work modularly, meaning that doctors would have multiple choices in terms of what parts to fit together in an individual patient. This design was supposed to help doctors cater to the individual needs of their patients and create a system that was right for them.

The reality was that the BHR system used materials that were dangerous, defective, and caused higher than normal rates of revision surgery. This defective product was recalled in September of 2015.

R3 Acetabular System Recalled in 2012

The Smith & Nephew R3 total hip replacement system uses a femoral head and cup, with a metal liner between the two components. Unlike the BHR system, the R3 system also uses a femoral component with a stem, which is implanted into the bone.

Smith & Nephew issued a recall of the metal liner used in its R3 Acetabular total hip replacement system in June of 2012. As with the BHR system, the R3 system failed at a higher than normal rate and necessitated revision surgery for hundreds of innocent victims.

After the recall, the company issued a supposedly precautionary “hazard alert” to doctors that had prescribed this system to their patients.

The problems in both the BHR and R3 Acetabular system result from the metal-on-metal design of these products. When the metal surfaces of the individual components rub against each other during the course of normal use in patients, this movement causes erosion of the metal.

This erosion causes metal particles, consisting of Cobalt and Chromium, to be released into the patient’s bloodstream and surrounding tissues.

These metal particles can cause tissue and bone damage around the surgically implanted hip, which lead to many complications including loosening of the hip joint and other device failures. The medical condition created by the elevated concentration of Chromium and Cobalt in the bloodstream is known as metallosis, which has many severe side effects including:

  • Severe hip and leg pain
  • Tissue and bone damage
  • Drastically reduced mobility in the hip
  • Pseudotumors around the surgically repaired area

These malfunctioning devices have caused many patients to undergo dangerous and extremely painful revision surgery to correct the damage done by the Smith & Nephew BHR and R3 Acetabular systems.

When patients are forced to undergo painful and costly revision surgery following the implant of a medical device, the corporations responsible for manufacturing and marketing these defective products must be held accountable.

If you or a loved one has been injured and required revision surgery following implantation of a Smith & Nephew BHR or R3 Acetabular system, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and injuries.


Call The Yost Legal Group today at 1-800-YOST-LAW (967-8529) to discuss the details of your case with an experienced Baltimore Product Liability attorney for FREE. Our legal team will examine the details of your case and stand with you from the start of your claim through to the finish.

If you have been injured due to a defective Smith & Nephew medical device, time may be running out to file a claim for damages. Call the experienced Baltimore Product Liability attorneys at The Yost Legal Group today, and we will help provide the answers you seek.