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Type of Product Medical Device
TGA Recall Reference RC-2012-RN-00988-1
Product Name/Description Birmingham Hip Modular Head (Used as part of a Total Conventional Hip Replacement system)

Part Numbers : 121238 – 121258, 121338 – 121558, 74121238 – 74121558 & 74222138 – 74222162

All Batches

ARTG Number: 124100
Recall Action Level Hospital
Recall Action Classification Class II
Recall Action Commencement Date 2/10/2012
Responsible Entity Smith & Nephew Surgical Pty Ltd
Reason/Issue The Birmingham HipTM Modular Head (BHMH) as part of a Total Conventional Hip Replacement system has been identified in the Australian National Joint Replacement Registry (NJRR) and the National Joint Registry of England and Wales (NJREW) as having a higher than expected revision rate when compared to all other total conventional hip replacements. In addition, most of the revisions that are occurring later (after the third year) are linked to metal sensitivity and infection.
Recall Action Hazard Alert
Recall Action Instructions Smith & Nephew is advising implanting/treating surgeons on how to manage patients implanted with the Birmingham Hip Modular Heads. For more information, please see
Contact Information 02 9857 3917 - Smith & Nephew