DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement
There is an increasing number of claims made by individuals who received hip replacement surgery involving DePuy Pinnacle metal on metal hip implant. These defects are known to result in a number of individuals experiencing increased pain. In many cases, patients even find themselves requiring additional surgery to correct the first implant.
These defective hips were introduced to the market and Johnson by Johnson without sufficient premarket approval testing because under 501(k), the hip replacement devices were viewed as “substantial equivalent” to other hip replacement devices that had already been approved by the FDA.
As a result of the large medical bills associated with these procedures and debilitating physical conditions, individuals find themselves at increased need for additional hip replacement surgery. Fortunately, a skilled Atlanta defective product laywer can help you obtain the compensation that you deserve.The Role of DePuy
DePuy’s Pinnacle hip replacements include a modular acetabular cup with a cup liner made of either metal or polyethylene. Femoral head options used in these devices are either ceramic or metal. The significant issue that has resulted with Pinnacle hip replacements is that they result in cup loosening and metallosis.
A 2010 study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery established that metal liners in 14% of patients failed. During corrective surgeries, physicians tended to find several unexpected complications including cloudy fluid in hip pockets, ruptured tendons, and tissue death.
The Pinnacle and Ultima liners create friction between the cup and the ball-shaped replacement head of the thigh bone, which can lead to the hip replacement device prematurely eroding and dispersing metal into a person’s bloodstream. Elevated levels of chromium and cobalt have been linked to the metal debris that is released by Pinnacle hip replacements.
By 2012, almost 1,600 lawsuits were filed against DePuy involving Pinnacle implants. In 2016, the DePuy company lost a pair of multi-million dollar verdicts and was forced to pay damages over $1 billion. Even with these lawsuits considered, DePuy is still an industry leader in hip replacements. If you have received a DePuy hip replacement, but are unsure of whether you have a case, an experienced Atlanta defective product lawyer can help.Pain Associated with Hip Implants
Some of the pain associated with defective DePuy Pinnacle hip implants include:
- Clicking or snapping noises.
- Difficulty standing or moving.
- Loosening of DePuy Pinnacle hips.
- Loss of mobility.
- Metal poisoning.
- Needing an additional hip replacement surgery.
- Substantial hip pain.
- Trouble with holding weight.
If you or a loved one has harmed by the placement of a DePuy Pinnacle hip, you are likely entitled to obtain financial compensation. Consider contacting our law office today so that our legal counsel can evaluate your case and determine the way to proceed. While no recall of DePuy Pinnacle hip replacements have occurred yet, DePuy has paid several patients who have been harmed by these devices. The FDA also reports that it has received over 1,300 reports of patients who have been harmed by complications involving the Pinnacle. Speak to our defective product attorneys in Atlanta today to discuss how we can best help with your case.