LONDON — Hip implant manufacturer Smith & Nephew reveals knowledge and concern over higher revision rates with its BHR hip system. The company issued a notice updating its “Instructions for Use” for its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System. The Urgent Field Safety Notice (as it is called) warns doctors that female patients, male patients over the age of 65, and any patient requiring an hip implant with a head size of 48mm or less was at greater risk of requiring hip revision surgery. It is expected this notice will affect hundreds of people who currently have the device implanted and who may already be suffering from defective hip implants manufactured by Smith & Nephew.

Revision Surgery and Revision Rates

Revision surgery is a procedure that is expected years and years later in patients with hip implants. It replaces or fixes any issues caused by wear and tear. The notice provides disturbing data regarding the failure and revision rates of the BHR hip implant system in the U.K and Europe. The average revision rate for the BHR system was 10.7 percent at the 8.9-year mark and 5.3 percent at the 5-year mark. This is above and beyond the 1 percent revision rate benchmark established by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

Smith & Nephew is facing hundreds of lawsuits, both here and abroad, for its defective metal-on-metal hip implants. After issuing a 2012 recall for its R3 Acetabular System, the company is still producing defective hip implants, as the Urgent Safety Notice illustrates.

Patients enduring failed or defective hip implants suffer from chronic pain, difficulty walking, swelling, tissue death, infection, implant dislocation or loosening, bone death, metallic blood poisoning, and total hip implant failure, among other conditions. While revision surgery and implant failure is an expected risk, the rates are far too high in companies like Smith & Nephew’s products.

This particular notice details a laundry list of patients who should not be fitted with the BHR hip system: 1) women; 2) those needing smaller-sized components; 3) those having the device implanted at a higher angle; 4) men at or over 65 years old; 5) obese patients; or 6) patients with avascular necrosis or dysplasia. However, if you or a loved one is suffering from a defective hip implant, please seek out an experienced attorney.

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