Smith & Nephew Birmingham
Sometimes, it’s better to replace a part than to replace a whole thing.
You wouldn’t buy a new car because your windshield breaks. You wouldn’t buy a new shoe if your shoelace broke.
That was the thinking behind the Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) system. The research scientists at Smith & Nephew presumably thought they had developed a wise approach to dealing with the problem of hip replacements: let’s replace only the worn-out parts, rather than the whole thing.
Unfortunately for Smith & Nephew, that didn’t work out so well.
When you replace a broken windshield, you don’t compromise the structural integrity of your car. When you thread up a new shoelace, your shoe won’t fall apart as a result.
In the Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing system, the top end of the femur is lopped off and replaced with a rounded metal joint; and any damaged bone and cartilage in the pelvis is ground down and replaced with a metal “cup.” Most of the femur and most of the pelvis are left intact.
But even if the femur-top replacement fits perfectly, and even if the partial pelvic replacement goes as smoothly as possible, there’s still a major problem. Both parts of the BHR system are made from potentially toxic metal that, when they rub against each other, can release tiny, toxic particles into your bloodstream.
That’s like lacing up your shoes with a diamond-sharp bandsaw blade. It might hold for a short while, but sooner or later, it’s going to create deep cuts and cause you to bleed to death.
The Smith & Nephew BHR system’s metal-on-metal design can be, in the worst cases, a death sentence. The microscopic particles of metal that the BHR system release into the bloodstream can, in fact, lead to fatalities. And even if these poisonous metals don’t kill you, they can cause
• pain • infection and inflammation • tissue death
In the most serious cases, the metal fragments can cause a serious disease called metallosis, or metal poisoning, which is exactly what it sounds like. Metallosis can cause tissue damage, nerve damage, blindness, and, yes, even death.
In our opinion, Smith & Nephew made a fatal flaw in making the components of its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing system out of toxic metals like chromium and cobalt.
If you have undergone a surgical BHR system procedure, you could be at serious risk. Contact your doctor immediately.
And right after you’ve seen your doctor, contact the expert attorneys at TheLawFirm.com. We’ve handled hip replacement cases for many years, and we know exactly how to deal with them.
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