The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency in the UK (MHRA) issued as far back as June 2007 a medical device alert in relation to Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Cups which were manufactured by Smith & Nephew.
The problem with the devices related to inappropriate mixing of head and cup sizes due to incorrect labelling of the cups, which resulted in early revision due to loose joint fit as a result of mislabelled cups.
Health care professionals were notified on the 15th August 2007 and they were requested to identify and quarantine any un-implanted affected devices. They were also requested not to implant the defective devices and to return the devices to the manufacturer. Some surgeons were requested to consider the need for implant revision and where implants were not being revised, consider measuring serial serum cobalt and chromium levels to monitor implant wear over time.
If you have received a Birmingham Hip Implant and are experiencing pain and mobility problems please feel free to contact Liam Moloney Solicitor at 045 898000 or simply log on to WWW.MOLONEYSOLICITORS.IE for further information.