Did you or someone close to you receive a metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip implant and experience worrisome Pinnacle pain? Maybe you have read the recent news about the dangers of metal-on-metal hip implants, and are concerned that your hip replacement is causing DePuy Pinnacle complications. Read on to learn more about DePuy Pinnacle issues.
The metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip implant is a total hip replacement system, similar to the recalled DePuy ASR hip system, which can cause serious DePuy Pinnacle problems, including symptoms such as pain in the groin, hip or leg, swelling and inflammation, and limping.
The DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement can also cause metallosis, or metal poisoning, a DePuy Pinnacle issue that can lead to revision surgery. The metal components of the hip implant may rub together, with the resulting friction causing metal debris to enter the surrounding bloodstream. Many recipients of metal hip implants end up with dangerous levels of cobalt and chromium in their body.
Symptoms of metallosis can even manifest elsewhere in the body. Patients with a DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant should pay close attention to DePuy Pinnacle problems related to their:
In August 2010, Johnson & Johnson recalled the DePuy ASR metal hip system, which is used in both total hip replacement and hip resurfacing. The company recalled the devices because data revealed unacceptably high failure rates. Although a DePuy Pinnacle recall has not been issued, they share similar design defects with the DePuy ASR hip implants, raising more questions about the DePuy Pinnacle injuries.
The all-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip system, a predecessor to the recalled ASR system, was approved by the FDA in 2000 through the expedited 510(k) process. Like the DePuy ASR hip implant, it was allowed to go to market without clinical testing because of its similarity to a device already on the market.
A client of Bernstein Liebhard LLP who is currently filing a DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement lawsuit against Johnson and Johnson, recently spoke to Reuters about her DePuy Pinnacle problems. She received a DePuy Pinnacle hip implant in 2008, and developed symptoms including pain, limited mobility, and elevated metal levels in her blood. In July 2011, her left hip fractured and required additional surgery. The client is one of the thousands of patients affected by a defective metal-on-metal hip who are filing lawsuits seeking compensation for their injuries. Currently, Johnson & Johnson faces over 3,000 lawsuits over DePuy Pinnacle issues.
If you are among the thousands of recipients of a DePuy Pinnacle metal hip implant and suffered complications or underwent revision surgery, contact a hip replacement lawyer today. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Call a DePuy Pinnacle hip lawyer today for a free case review: .