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Tandem Bipolar Hip Implant Lawsuit

Tandem Bipolar Hip Implant Lawsuit

Smith & Nephew has issued a recall for defective Tandem Bipolar Hip Replacements that can break and require revision surgery.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Tandem Bipolar hip replacement induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Overview

Tandem Bipolar Hip System is a partial hip replacement manufactured by Smith & Nephew. It is used to replace half of the hip joint (also known as hemiarthroplasty) in which only the femoral head or “ball” of the damaged hip is replaced.

What is the problem?

Some implants were manufactured with a retainer groove that is out-of-specification. When a surgeon assembles the pieces before a surgery, the components will not “click” together. If a misaligned device is implanted in a patient, it could break suddenly and require revision surgery.

Tandem Bipolar Hip Recall

September 12, 2016 — A recall was issued for unused Tandem Bipolar Hip Systems because the implant can detach after surgery.

Implant May Detach After Surgery and Require Surgery

Smith & Nephew has identified three possible outcomes that could be caused by a defective implant:

  • Device does not assemble properly
  • Head does not move freely because it is too tight
  • Parts break at a later time (usually within a few weeks)

The first two scenarios probably will not cause an injury because the surgeon should notice problems with the device before it is implanted. However, in the third scenario, a patient will experience severe pain and require surgery.

Recommendation for Patients

If the hip detaches, patients will immediately experience severe pain, limited mobility, and loss of range-of-motion. Patients who are not experiencing problems should follow up with their orthopedic surgeon. Routine revision surgery is not recommended.

List of Recalled Products

DescriptionBatch number
Tandem Intl Bipolar 41od 22id13LM12870
Tandem Intl Bipolar 41od 22id14AM02714
Tandem Intl Bipolar 44od 28id13LM17160
Tandem Intl Bipolar 44od 28id13MM04139A
Tandem Intl Bipolar 45od 28id13KM24097
Tandem Intl Bipolar 45od 28id13LM04114
Tandem Intl Bipolar 45od 28id13MM04143
Tandem Intl Bipolar 45od 28id14AM00474
Tandem Intl Bipolar 45od 28id14AM00478
Tandem Intl Bipolar 45od 28id14AM02716
Tandem Intl Bipolar 45od 28id14AM02717
Tandem Intl Bipolar 48od 28id13MM13695
Tandem Intl Bipolar 48OD 28ID14AM16531
Tandem Intl Bipolar 48OD 28ID14BM14336
Tandem Intl Bipolar 49OD 28ID13MM10141
Tandem Intl Bipolar 49OD 28ID13MM10159
Tandem Intl Bipolar 49OD 28ID14BM15206
Tandem Intl Bipolar 50OD 28ID14AM00603
Tandem Intl Bipolar 51OD 28ID14BM15248
Tandem Intl Bipolar 52OD 28ID13LM07425
Tandem Intl Bipolar 52OD 28ID13MM13698
Tandem Intl Bipolar 52OD 28ID14AM02687
Tandem Intl Bipolar 53OD 28ID13LM04213
Tandem Intl Bipolar 53OD 28ID14AM21697
Tandem Intl Bipolar 54OD 28ID14BM11528
Tandem Intl Bipolar 55OD 28ID13KM22761A
Tandem Intl Bipolar 55OD 28ID13KM22762

Do I have a Tandem Bipolar Hip Lawsuit?

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