Metal hip replacement component taken off the market

Posted by Sarah Showard | Jul 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

A British manufacturer of a metal-on-metal component for an artificial hip has voluntarily withdrawn the metal liner (or cup) from the market, as some patients were forced to have the liner removed after complaining of infections, fractures and dislocations.

The liner was part of Smith & Nephew's R3 Acetabular System.

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, about 7,700 liners have been implanted in patients since it was first introduced in 2009, mostly in stemmed total hip replacements. The company told Reuters that clinical tests showed 1.6 percent of patients with the liner needed the additional surgery last year, which exceeds the British standard of 1 percent, so the liners were recalled.

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