In July 2015 Penningtons Manches wrote to notify patients about an urgent field safety notice that had been sent by Smith and Nephew Orthopaedics in relation to the safety of its manufactured Birmingham metal-on-metal hip systems.
Although this communication concerned the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) System, we also want to notify unsuspecting patients that other Smith and Nephew manufactured systems, including total hip replacement systems, may also be unsafe. Smith and Nephew has published numerous Field Safety Notices over the past few years relating to the Birmingham Hip Modular Head (BHMH) total hip replacement and the R3 Acetabular System to warn patients of potential problems and higher than expected revision rates.
Patients fitted with a BHMH or R3 hip replacement system should check with their surgeons whether their total hips replacement systems continue to be viable. Any patients who have experienced problems with their Smith and Nephew total hip replacements may have a right to pursue a legal claim. If this is the case, we advise them to contact us as soon as possible to discuss their options. As there are statutory time limits on pursuing claims for defective products, it is important to consider any potential claim as soon as possible.