DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement System Drug Lawsuit SourceDePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement System

Commonly asked questions about the DePuy Pinnacle:

What is the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement System?

The Pinnacle hip replacement system was approved by the FDA in 2000. It is manufactured by DePuy Synthes, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

The Pinnacle is a total hip replacement system that uses a metal-on-metal design, including a femoral ball and stem and metal bearing socket.

Although the Pinnacle was not part of DePuy’s 2010 recall, the device’s design is very similar to that of the ASR XL Acetabular System, which was recalled. The Pinnacle has been known to cause serious complications in patients, and DePuy has faced litigation as a result.

What are Complications of the DePuy Pinnacle?

Many patients who have received DePuy hip implant devices have experienced severe complications, including:

  • Early failure rates/difficulty walking
  • Joint slippage/component loosening
  • Metallosis (metal poisoning)
  • Periprosthetic osteolysis (bone fracturing)
  • Infection
  • Dislocation of the implant
  • Pseudotumor
  • Necrosis of tissue surrounding the implant
  • Systemic injuries such as headaches, tinnitus, etc.
  • Revision surgery

Metallosis is especially prevalent in metal-on-metal devices. In the DePuy Pinnacle, when the metal femoral head and socket move against each other, the friction can release metal ions into the body. When there is an accumulation of metal debris, it can cause metal poisoning, or metallosis.

If a patient experiences any of the following symptoms over three months after the hip surgery, they may need additional revision surgery or the device may need to be extracted:

  • Pain in the hip, leg, or groin
  • Joint swelling around the hip
  • Difficulty walking
  • Clicking, grinding, popping or squeaking sounds from the hip area

FDA Recommendations About DePuy Hip Replacements

  • If you are not having any symptoms and your orthopaedic surgeon believes your implant is functioning appropriately, you should continue to routinely follow-up with the surgeon every 1 to 2 years.
  • If you develop new or worsening problems such as pain, swelling, numbness, noise (popping, grinding, clicking or squeaking of your hip), and/or change in your ability to walk, contact your orthopaedic surgeon right away.
  • If you experience changes in your general health, including new or worsening symptoms outside your hip, let your physician know you have a DePuy hip implant.

What are the Criteria for Filing a Hip Implant Lawsuit?

The FDA has ordered a review of all metal-on-metal hip implants due to mounting patient complaints.

Problems with metal-on-metal include, but are not limited to loosening, metallosis (ie: tissue or bone death), fracturing, and/or corrosion and fretting of these devices, which require revision surgery.

Many patients that require revision surgery due to these devices suffer significant post-revision complications.

We are investigating all cases involving metal-on-metal hip implants, including the DePuy Orthopaedics ASR XL Acetabular System and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System, recalled in August 2010; the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems, recalled in July 2012; the Stryker LFIT Anatomic v40 Femoral Head (recalled August 29, 2016); the DePuy Pinnacle, the Zimmer Durom Cup, the Wright Conserve, and the Biomet M2A “38mm” and M2A-Magnum hip replacement systems, which have not been recalled.

Reported problems include pain, swelling and problems walking.

The criteria specific to DePuy hip replacement lawsuits include:

  • Implanted with a DePuy ASR hip implant, Pinnacle Ultamet, or Metal-on-Metal liner
  • A metal liner and metal femoral ball must have been implanted
  • Underwent hip revision surgery to remove the device after November 2013 or is scheduled for revision surgery

Can I File A Defective DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Lawsuit?

Our dangerous device attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was harmed by a defective hip replacement device.

Lawsuits have been filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused by the Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. You may be entitled to a settlement.

We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement and we pay all of the case costs. If your claim is not successful for any reason, you do not owe us anything. We put it all in writing for you.

Our defective hip replacement lawyers will help you file your lawsuit.

Our No-Fee Promise on DePuy Pinnacle Cases

You can afford to have our great team of lawyers on your side. When you choose us, it literally costs nothing to get started. We promise you in writing:

  • No money to get started
  • We pay all case costs and expenses
  • No legal fees whatsoever unless you receive a settlement
  • Phone calls are always free

How Do I Start a DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Claim?

Our hip replacement lawyers will help you file your lawsuit. To get started, you can:

  1. Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
  2. Call (866) 280-3417 any time of day to tell us about your case.

We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have claim, we will start immediately.

WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing DePuy hip replacement lawsuit claims.

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