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This Shocking Post is a Comment just Sent to me by Howard Sadwin – he has No Hip Left and is in a Wheel Chair
Same Hip as mine – I am very shocked and thankful mine is less aggressive.
I knew that my Birmingham Spectron was causing my problems – now I have a BHR sufferer confirming my worst fears.
I am still numb from reading the story – my thoughts and prayers are with you Howard.
Here is Howard’s Story:
In 2007 I had Smith and Nephew, Birmingham hip (BHR) put into me. 6-8 months later I walked with an odd gate, back began to hurt and had flu like systems. Had scans,x-rays,etc. always being told all OK.
Things got worse, by 2010 I walked with a cane.
After my second dislocation, my surgeon told me the device would have to be removed if it happened again. I told him I was going for another opinion, he suggested a surgeon that specializes in hip problems. The new surgeon also told me a third dislocation would mean the hip would have to come out. He suspected their was a build up fluids around the hip.
Two hours later I got up from my office chair and out the hip came.
The BHR was removed, the surgeon told my wife he had never seen such a mess, all the tissue and muscle surrounding my hip area was gone, deteriorated. Caused by the metal on metal shavings getting into my blood system and causing this to happen. After a week I was sent home to recooperate.
That night I spiked a 105+ fever and my hip erupted and I had a liquid like substance all over the place. Back to the hospital where I remained for 9+ months, underwent 12+ operations, performed by 3 different surgeons. The operations were just a cleansing of the hip area.
My surgeon came in to see me one night and told me he thought he could keep me alive, but I would have to do the rest.
A great medical team including nurses, my family, friends, my will and my now year old grandson Hayden, kept me alive.
I am home living in a wheel chair with no hip.
I have learned a life time worth of information as to this company and others, how they skirt around our approval system through the 510k plan, the on going litigation, etc.
I hope I can be instrumental in preventing such a terrible thing from happening to other people, and I will have my day in court.
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This is such a sad story. There is so little publicity arounf S&N. I have complications, I am waiting to have my BHR (left hip) removed and a conventional replacement, of what variety I am not yet sure. I need extensive bone grafts in my pelvis, I have pseudotumours around the joint, also interferring with major blood vessels and I can feel the soft tissue is deteriorating as I have dips in the muscle and tisues around that area. I am petrified of the surgery, having read this story I am still terrified! I am so glad you shared your story, I think we should all stick together and ALL have our day in court with them. I feel this is more frequent than we are led to believe and it needs to be bought to public attention. I am in UK and happy to do anything here as I believe many site users are in USA. Anyone that is in the UK, I would love to make contact with you.
Kelly Cano said:
I had a Smith and Nephew total hip replacement with the R3 Acetabular cup and the newer Oxinium ball in September of 2012. I now live with chronic pain. I wasn’t able to return to work and have spent all of my retirement having every test and procedure done to get relief. I’ve been told by the orthopedic surgeons, 4 different opinions fron 3 different offices that the hip is fine. I see a pain management doctor monthly and am trying to manage it with trigger point injections, but with marginal relief. I would like to caution others to research every option that’s available to them before having any type of hip replacement.