Smith & Nephew has issued a hazard alert and recall for specific batches of its Tandem Bipolar Hip Replacement System over a potential defect that could lead to failure of the device and the need for revision surgery.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered complications after receiving a hip replacement device, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
September 12, 2016 - Smith & Nephew hip implants from specific batches were manufactured with a retainer groove that is out of specification, according to Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). This potential defect could lead to the device not assembling properly and the head being too tight and not moving freely.
These problems would likely be recognized before the hip replacement is implanted; however, it is possible that the device may appear assembled during implantation and then come apart later. If this occurs, it could result in adverse events and/or the need for revision surgery.
Which Products are Affected?
Description Batch number
Tandem Intl Bipolar 41od 22id 13LM12870
Tandem Intl Bipolar 41od 22id 14AM02714
Tandem Intl Bipolar 44od 28id 13LM17160
Tandem Intl Bipolar 44od 28id 13MM04139A
Tandem Intl Bipolar 45od 28id 13KM24097
Tandem Intl Bipolar 45od 28id 13LM04114
Tandem Intl Bipolar 45od 28id 13MM04143
Tandem Intl Bipolar 45od 28id 14AM00474
Tandem Intl Bipolar 45od 28id 14AM00478
Tandem Intl Bipolar 45od 28id 14AM02716
Tandem Intl Bipolar 45od 28id 14AM02717
Tandem Intl Bipolar 48od 28id 13MM13695
Tandem Intl Bipolar 48OD 28ID 14AM16531
Tandem Intl Bipolar 48OD 28ID 14BM14336
Tandem Intl Bipolar 49OD 28ID 13MM10141
Tandem Intl Bipolar 49OD 28ID 13MM10159
Tandem Intl Bipolar 49OD 28ID 14BM15206
Tandem Intl Bipolar 50OD 28ID 14AM00603
Tandem Intl Bipolar 51OD 28ID 14BM15248
Tandem Intl Bipolar 52OD 28ID 13LM07425
Tandem Intl Bipolar 52OD 28ID 13MM13698
Tandem Intl Bipolar 52OD 28ID 14AM02687
Tandem Intl Bipolar 53OD 28ID 13LM04213
Tandem Intl Bipolar 53OD 28ID 14AM21697
Tandem Intl Bipolar 54OD 28ID 14BM11528
Tandem Intl Bipolar 55OD 28ID 13KM22761A
Tandem Intl Bipolar 55OD 28ID 13KM22762
If you received one of these products, you should contact the physician who implanted the device with any questions or concerns. Problems are likely to occur within the first few weeks of the operation, and may include unexpected pain, limited mobility or loss of range-of-motion in relation to the implant.
Do I Have a Smith & Nephew Hip Implant Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in hip replacement lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by a defective hip implant, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.