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Smith and Nephew Birmingham Hip ( BHR ) no thanks

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Howard Sadwin

Sarasota, FL

#1 Jul 3, 2011
Without going through a lengthy story; I am 65 was active in family,sports, work etc. not anymore.
My Smith and Nephew BHR was removed from me in 2010 leaving me in a wheelchair, with no hip and devastation to my family and self.
I thank the FDA 510k plan, Smith and Nephew for this. I read a lot of success stories, but the fact remains this is a medal on medal device and it is subject to harmefull problems to me and you.
You would think the FDA or somebody would issue a warning, " Hey metal on metal hip " are potentially harmfull to your health.
Thanks to good old market share and financing such warning statements won't be seen.
Respectfully
Howard Sadwin
adrian

East Grinstead, UK

#2 Jul 23, 2011
i to have had a hip bhr , and can say ,im very disapointed , apart from about two weeks releif of pain its been a nitemare . Ive been for scan and blood test back to scans, and been referred to this bloke and that ive been told all scans are normal as to are the blood test. But i havnt been well since the op , ive broken out in rashes my eye sight has failed i cant walk too far and if i do im in pain around the groin, i sweat like ive been swimming,i used to be a farmer so im used to a bit of pain but this beats me . the latest news from the hosp is that i need a revision op , but they are worried about the anatomy of my hip? wat ever thst means, they say i mght not see any inprovment ,wow im really filled with confidence.THEY DONE A INJECTION IN MY TENDON THAT WORKED FOR ABOUT 5/6 DAYS and said it may be the problem so why are they saying i need a total hip replacment?i havnt worked for 2 years ,cant get about not allowed to drive cauase ive come down with diabetes suddenly and cant see to well , also got short turn memory loss , really fed up
yours adrian
sorin

Romania

#3 Aug 31, 2011
I am from romania I am 54
i have a bhr since 2008 & I had no problem ;
I walk from first week and go skiing ( easy slop ), I did not have any pain , until now ..and I hope that for ever . Nowdays I look for a byke.
I made the surgery in Romania .It was a succes
ronan

Saint-vincent-de-tyrosse, France

#4 Sep 13, 2011
given your illhealth, I reckon you had a blood clot following the op. hence the vision problems and memory loss. don't look for non existing problemns with BHR. best MOM on the market
William Cory Foulk

Kailua Kona, HI

#5 Sep 16, 2011
I have had a BHR hip since December of 2005, have 13 Ironman triathlon finishes on it, 8 Ultraman triathlon finishes on it, and an awful lot of high load, high impact miles training for same. I was part of the group UCLA collected blood and urine samples from to determine ion shedding rates because of my high activity levels.

I am glad they invented this technology, it gave me my life back. I am nearly 53, and I got to live out my forties like a normal active man. I am fitter today than I have been for a decade because I have full use of this hip.

The troubles I have had were all tendons or soft tissue that was damaged from years of chaffing on OA cysts before the joint was replaced. I highly recommend doing it sooner than waiting like I did, until the soft tissue is a mess, too.

Best wishes to all,

Cory Foulk
Diane

San Jose, CA

#6 Oct 20, 2011
Your story is the same with the situations I have read in http://www.hiprecalllaw.com . These patients are also victims of the metal-on-metal hip device.
Vielle

Anonymous Proxy

#7 Dec 29, 2011
I am sorry with what you are going through nowadays. Knowing this is not what you have been expecting after the hip surgery you had. http://www.depuypinnaclelawsuit.com/
Tracey

Bristol, UK

#8 Jan 3, 2012
Like Howard I have serious complications. I am due to have my BHR removed next month and all being well aa THR, altho there are no guarantees it will take! I have Cobalt at 383 and Chromium at 410, my ppelvis has been worn so thin I need bone grafts and I have pseudo-tumours, 1 of which has grown arouund the femoral artery and therefore poses a huge risk during surgery. I had mine done in 2006 originally and have had problems ever since. They now say as a small female I was unsuitabble for this product - bit late now! I am 43 years old with the body of an old woman, my mobility is virtually zero at the moment, I have been on morphine since September to try to manage the pain until they perform my surgery. I am apalled that I was used as a guinea pig for this product! Side effects of the metal poisoning, partial deafness, tinnitus, insomnia, extreme fatigue, depression, memory loss, blurred vision to name but a few!!
Thanks Smith and Nephew, at least DePuy are being made to gace up to their failings, whilst S&N hide behind protective legislation!!
Pam

UK

#9 Mar 6, 2012
hi there,i had the birmingham hip at the birmingham orthapeadic hospital in 2004,and I have been really ill since,my symptoms included burning rashes like sunburn,nausia ,sickness,attacks of all over body pains,migraines with moments of loss of vission ,blurred vision,chronic fatigue and oh yes nearly.forgot all my hair fell out! Ive had to wear a head scarf for 7 years because scalp skin is so painfull I cant wear wigs, have been up and down to the hospital and to this day they dont admit it could.be the metal hip so I am stuck with it.
Bill

United States

#10 Mar 24, 2012
I'm sorry to hear of the difficulties some have experienced. I'm 60 years old, and have historically been physically active (racquetball and other sports). I had a Smith & Nephew BHR in June 2011 in my left hip, and I have no significant difficulties, other than slightly less flexibility in the affected leg when putting on socks and that sort of thing. No pain other than occasionally a minor ache on rainy days. So far I'm glad I had it done.

Please accept my best wishes for the best possible outcome from your procedure.
John

Farnborough, UK

#11 Apr 18, 2012
I had a Smith & Newphew Birmingham Hip fitted in July 2005 and for the past 9 months have been suffering from pain a in the "bum", no pun intended, and in the groin. In addition I have been told that I have Tinnitus and suffer from a very strange sensation in my head causing dizziness and the tendency to feel faint. For some time there has been a reluctance for the medics to assume these conditions are related to the hip replacement, and maybe they are right, but based upon the comments by others I am more and more convinced that they are. Like many I am very concerned and in order to speed up the process I have arranged to "Private". Hopefully that will expedite the matter, whatever that might be, at the earliest opportunity.
Ben Teneson

San Diego, CA

#12 Apr 20, 2012
Itís true that there are various defective hip devices out there. On a similar note, it is also important for the public to know that in August 2010, Johnson and Johnson has finally realized the DePuy Hip Replacement Recall. The two specific models subject to the recall are the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System total hip replacement and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. These hip replacements first became available in 2003. Refer to http://www.rotlaw.com/depuy-asr/ for more information.
MartinSR

Los Angeles, CA

#13 Apr 27, 2012
I know how difficult it is to be dealing with a Smith and Nephew Birmingham Hip ( BHR ), I just hope that things will be better at your end. Visit this site http://www.hiprecalllaw.com/ for more information about this topic.
Sandy

Brisbane, Australia

#14 May 23, 2012
I had a right metal on metal Smith & Nephew hip replacement done approx 2006/07. My blood results are coming in at 850 and 520 for chromium and cobalt. Presently this hip is due for revision next month. As I also have my right ankle and heel fusion with metal screws still in place I was wondering if anyone is experiencing electrical type feelings within the body especially in the lower body areas. And yes I have the memory of a sieve right now, difficulty with concentration and hearing as many of you have also experienced. I would value any feedback to help my doctors and myself pin this current situation down.
stan ismay montana

Baker, MT

#17 Dec 3, 2012
smith-nephew 2008, within 3 months pain recurred and progressive weakness. Then increased memory loss and cognitive impairment. Original ortho felt colbalt levels 16x normal not worrisome. Second opinion felt I had metallosis. 5 operations and 31/2 months in bed without hip,I now have a new Biomet hip which functions well. However the metallosis destroyed my iliopsoas and abductor muscles. So far original ortho still doing metal on metal and FDA hasn't taken any serious moves. Four years misery.

Since: Dec 12

London, UK

#18 Dec 11, 2012
adrian wrote:
i to have had a hip bhr , and can say ,im very disapointed , apart from about two weeks releif of pain its been a nitemare . Ive been for scan and blood test back to scans, and been referred to this bloke and that ive been told all scans are normal as to are the blood test. But i havnt been well since the op , ive broken out in rashes my eye sight has failed i cant walk too far and if i do im in pain around the groin, i sweat like ive been swimming,i used to be a farmer so im used to a bit of pain but this beats me . the latest news from the hosp is that i need a revision op , but they are worried about the anatomy of my hip? wat ever thst means, they say i mght not see any inprovment ,wow im really filled with confidence.THEY DONE A INJECTION IN MY TENDON THAT WORKED FOR ABOUT 5/6 DAYS and said it may be the problem so why are they saying i need a total hip replacment?i havnt worked for 2 years ,cant get about not allowed to drive cauase ive come down with diabetes suddenly and cant see to well , also got short turn memory loss , really fed up
yours adrian
Hi Adrian I too have had these problems with S&N contact me on [email protected] for some answers
Troy B

Yuma, AZ

#19 Jan 19, 2013
I'm 36 years old and had a total hip m.o.m. about 1 year ago. It was the best thing I've ever done. I'm a competitve cyclist and very active. I've done counless hrs. Of research on the metal toxicity driving my self crazy. Came to the conclusion after talking tio my doctors that if I have no symptoms then don't worry unless I'm ready replace it.tommorrow for possibly just "elevated" metal ion levels. Of course if the levels were toxic I would take care of it right away. I'm sorry to hear all these bad stories. I hope they can come.out with a product that works for.everyone.
karen

Bradford, UK

#20 Jan 22, 2013
adrian wrote:
i to have had a hip bhr , and can say ,im very disapointed , apart from about two weeks releif of pain its been a nitemare . Ive been for scan and blood test back to scans, and been referred to this bloke and that ive been told all scans are normal as to are the blood test. But i havnt been well since the op , ive broken out in rashes my eye sight has failed i cant walk too far and if i do im in pain around the groin, i sweat like ive been swimming,i used to be a farmer so im used to a bit of pain but this beats me . the latest news from the hosp is that i need a revision op , but they are worried about the anatomy of my hip? wat ever thst means, they say i mght not see any inprovment ,wow im really filled with confidence.THEY DONE A INJECTION IN MY TENDON THAT WORKED FOR ABOUT 5/6 DAYS and said it may be the problem so why are they saying i need a total hip replacment?i havnt worked for 2 years ,cant get about not allowed to drive cauase ive come down with diabetes suddenly and cant see to well , also got short turn memory loss , really fed up
yours adrian
Hi
you have the same as me I have been ill since day one of my birmingham hip replacement , I have had to have the hip taken out I have metal posioning you really need the blood test , I had scans xrays sent to nerve and pain clinics had an MRI scan and that showed the metal round the joint the blood test confirmed I had it removed , some people are not as lucky , I lost most of my bone on the right side and now have to walk with a stick the eye sight will return mine has the short term memory comes and goes I am hoping that it will return , I hope you get it sorted out soon .
stan

Baker, MT

#21 Jan 22, 2013
karen
Be certain your colbalt and chromium levels are normal. Minor elevations can be disastrous as noted in my previous entry, i.e. if you had metal on metal hip replacement.
Erv

Sierra Vista, AZ

#22 Jan 28, 2013
Had the metal on metal Birmingham hip installed in 2008, was great for about 2 years, starting experiencing pain. Had ultra sound and blood tests done. Results were elevated levels of metal in my blood. In 2012 had the BHR implant removed and had a Titanium replacement installed with a liner. Now have
( Heterotopic Ossification )painful walking, and limited mobility as far as putting on socks and shoes.

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