New Metal-On-Metal Hip Alert Issued on Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Product

Metal-on-metal hip manufacturer Smith & Nephew issues urgent field safety notice for its Birmingham Hip Modular Head, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports.

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According to the Urgent Field Safety Notice, potential risks and adverse effects may include pain, pseudotumors and limited mobility, potentially leading to revision surgery.

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 27, 2012

The latest metal-on-metal hip implant warning issued by Smith & Nephew modified the indications for use for its Birmingham Hip modular head, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. The revised indication for use advises surgeons to only use the Birmingham Hip resurfacing component when “the patient shows no signs of metal sensitivity, and it is being implanted in conjunction with an uncemented Synergy stem.”* According to the Urgent Field Safety Notice, potential risks and adverse effects may include pain, pseudotumors and limited mobility, potentially leading to revision surgery. According to the Company’s website, the indications for use were modified because of “available data and the decreased utilization of this component by customers.” ** Specifically, “recent registry data that we received indicates an increasing revision rate trend in primary THA from 2010 onwards. ”

“This newest metal-on-metal hip advisory underscores the potential dangers of these devices and the need for a United States registry to track the performance of these and other medical devices.” said Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing clients who sustained injuries from a variety of metal-on-metal hip systems.

Metal-On-Metal Hip Implant Failures Lead To Increasing Lawsuits

Individuals who experienced metal-on-metal hip problems are filing lawsuits against the manufacturers of the devices to seek compensation for their injuries. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are actively involved in cases regarding the DePuy ASR hip and the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip system: In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2197”), currently underway in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2244”), currently underway in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

The firm is also investigating cases concerning the Profemur and Conserve metal hip implants manufactured by Wright Medical Technology, Inc. Lawsuits involving the Wright Conserve hip replacement were recently consolidated in In re: Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2329”), which is now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. In addition, the firm is closely following developments of the June 2012 Smith & Nephew metal liner recall and the July 2012 Stryker recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems.

The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP continue to evaluate potential metal-on-metal hip replacement cases. Those who received a metal-on-metal hip implant and experienced complications or had to undergo revision surgery may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other injuries. Learn more about metal-on-metal hip lawsuits by visiting our website, http://www.consumerinjurylawyers.com/, or contact a hip replacement lawyer today at (877) 779-1414.

*bhmh.smith-nephew.com/downloads/FieldSafetyNotice.pdf
**bhmh.smith-nephew.com/professionals/index.html

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