If you have experienced problems or complications after receiving a hip replacement utilizing the DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant system, legal recourse may be available to you.
The DePuy Pinnacle is similar in many respects to the recalled DePuy ASR hip system, which was taken off the market in August 2010 because of a higher than anticipated failure rate, which is likely related to the design of the artificial hip.
The Pinnacle system was designed to accommodate younger hip replacement patients by providing more flexibility and range of motion than existing hip replacement products, but the metal-on-metal feature of the system, which was created to help lower failure rates, instead has resulted in more serious problems.
Problems with the DePuy Pinnacle System
Some individuals who have received DePuy Hip Replacement systems are reporting debilitating symptoms such as:
- Unexplained hip pain
- Problems standing or walking
- Reduced or lost mobility
- Dislocation of the hip implant
- Early hip replacement failure
- Need for additional hip revision surgery
The metal-on-metal components of the DePuy Pinnacle system has been found to result in metallosis, biologic toxicity and a high failure rate due to microscopic metal particles that are shed when the parts rub against one another. Placement of the system is extremely difficult, even for the most talented surgeons, and without perfect placement, problem results may be intensified.
FDA approval for the DePuy Pinnacle artificial hip system was given to Johnson & Johnson and their DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary in 2000 under the 510(k) approval process, which does not require rigorous premarket approval testing. Instead, the system was approved as a substantial equivalent to older hip replacement devices.
Doctors who are tracking groups of patients who received the Pinnacle estimate that more than 10 percent of the devices will likely fail in the next two or three years, according to sources.
If you or a loved one received a hip implant and have experienced complications or had to undergo revision surgery as a result, contact our metal-on-metal hip implant lawyers today for a free case evaluation and learn about your legal options. There is no obligation. Our attorneys will work closely with you to seek justice and fight for compensation for your injuries.