DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement

DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement

The DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement system is a synthetic hip repair method that is completely made of metal;  the ball, stem, and the shell are all comprised of a metal construction.  This type of hip replacement is commonly used in younger patients because the metal replacements are thought to be more durable and last for a longer period of time before another replacement is needed.  Unfortunately, recent data has indicated this may not to be the case with the Pinnacle Hip Replacement System.

While DePuy claims that the Pinnacle system is made of an innovative system known as “TrueGlide”, and is designed to make use of natural lubricants within the body to help assist with the movement of the ball and joint (allowing for a more normal range of hip motion) there has been a high number of complaints to the FDA regarding failures.

The majority of FDA complaints have corresponded to data that has been collected by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS).  This data was published in December 2010, and provided a great deal of evidence as to serious issues with the Pinnacle system, including a major risk of developing metal poisoning from flaking of the implant, which then embeds itself into the soft tissues.  When metal poisoning results, the condition can cause dangerous, permanent side effects.

Metal poisoning is not the only serious complication the Pinnacle Hip Replacement can cause.  There have been high numbers of complaints regarding loosening of the system, resulting in serious pain and suffering.  This also leads to difficulty walking and the need for further surgeries.

Patients have a right to safe medical devices that function exactly the way the manufacturer claims.  There is a certain duty that is set forth that requires all medical devices to be properly tested in order to ensure safety.  When it is discovered that this may not be the case, the manufacturer must be held responsible.  In the case of the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement system, anyone who has suffered side effects may have a valid claim against the company and Johnson & Johnson.  An experienced DePuy hip attorney can help you with your claim and can assist you in receiving all of the compensation you are entitled to receive.