In June 2012, Smith & Nephew issued a worldwide recall for the metal liner component of its R3 Acetabular System. It was estimated that 3,000 to 4,000 Americans received the faulty metal liner from 2009 to 2012. These patients may be at an increased risk for revision surgery.
Similar to other brands of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, when the optional liner is used, the Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular System contains a metal cup, metal head and metal liner inside the cup.
This device was recalled after reports of loosening, pain, device failure, metal sensitivity, infection and dislocation. The R3 has also experienced a higher than normal revision rate — 6.3 percent in four years compared with the average of 2.89 percent for primary total hip replacements.
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