Smith & Nephew recently recalled a metal liner used in its R3 Acetabular System. Smith & Nephew cites dissatisfaction “with the clinical results of the component” as the reason for the recall. Approximately 7,700 R3 metal liners have been implanted in patients worldwide since its introduction in 2007. This recall adds the Smith & Nephew R3 metal-on-metal acetabular system to a laundry list of other problematic metal-on-metal hip systems we have written about, including the DePuy ASR, DePuy Pinnacle with Ultamet (meta) liner, Zimmer Durom Cup, Wright Conserve, and Biomet M2A-Magnum hip implant systems.
The R3 system is similar to the DePuy Pinnacle Acetabular System in that liners made of different materials can be chosen for implantation. The R3 liner is manufactured in polyethylene, ceramic and metal. It should be noted that only the R3 metal liner is subject to the recall. The R3 Acetabular System with the R3 metal liner can lead to various complications, similar to other metal-on-metal hip implants. These complications include pain in the groin, thigh or hip, swelling, fluid collection, and toxic levels of metal ions in patients’ blood. Moreover, as stated above, research suggests that this exposure to metal debris can cause long-term health consequences in some patients. Anyone with the Smith & Nephew R3 metal liner component should have their potential claim investigated to determine its merits. If you need more information, contact Navan Ward at 800-898-2034 or by email at Navan.Ward@beasleyallen.com.
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