On November 15, 2016 Smith & Nephew sent a letter to its customer to notify them that it was recalling its Modular SMF™ and Modular REDAPT™ Revision Femoral Hip Systems, due to a high number of complaints of problems with the implanted devices. The most common complaint being metal-related adverse events. Smith & Nephew is removing both hip systems from the market. If you have received one of the recalled units, you may be at higher risk for revision surgery.
Affected units are Modular SMF™ and Modular REDAPT™ Revision Femoral Hip Systems that were shipped from October 2008 through July 2016. Smith & Nephew is asking that all unused units be returned. It is not recommending removing deices that have already been placed in patients unless problems develop.
According to Smith & Nephew’s letter to doctors, it is recalling the devices because patients who receive the implants may be at greater risk for revision surgery as a result of having a tissue reaction to metal debris created by the defective devices.
Following Up with Your Doctor
Smith & Nephew is advising doctors to continue normal follow-up with their patients and if patients experience pain, swelling, limited mobility or enlarged bursa, to consider blood tests for high levels of cobalt and/or chromium and in some cases to use imaging tests to look for soft tissue reactions.
If you have received one of the recalled hip systems, or believe you may have, talk to your doctor about any symptoms you may have. Metal debris created by metal-on-metal hip implants can cause serious tissue damage and other serious and potentially fatal health problems.
If you have been harmed by a defective hip implant, please talk to an experienced defective medical device attorney right away to learn more about your rights and potential compensation.