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In 2010, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy recalled two versions of its metal-on-metal hip implants amid increasing evidence of high failure rates and related medical problems.
Now, the Philadelphia product liability attorneys at Golomb & Honik are investigating complaints that another popular DePuy hip implant, the all-metal Pinnacle model, is experiencing a similarly high failure rate and contributing to health problems that necessitate revision surgery.
Use of All-Metal Hip Implants
Like the voluntarily recalled DePuy ASR and ASR XL hip implants, the Pinnacle model is a metal-on-metal system used as a hip replacement for patients with damaged or diseased hip joints caused by fractures, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or avascular necrosis (AVN).
As reports of failure and painful side-effects associated with Pinnacle hip implants continue to increase, so do allegations of defective design and failure of DePuy to warn patients about potential complications.
Hip Implant Complications
In all-metal hip implants such as Pinnacle, metallic debris is thought to scrape off with movement and be absorbed by the bloodstream. This breakdown may contribute to hip implant failure and lead to elevated chromium and cobalt levels.
Other complications associated with metal-on-metal hip implants include:
- Bone deterioration
- Decreased mobility
- Difficulty sitting and standing
- Inflammation and swelling
- Joint dislocation
Although no recall has been issued for the DePuy Pinnacle system, it is advisable to contact your physician and consult with a product liability attorney experienced in dangerous medical devices if you are a Pinnacle recipient. Patients who experience complications from metal-on-metal hip implants typically require revision surgery to remove the faulty product.
If you suffer from the ill effects associated with metal-on-metal hip implants, please contact the Philadelphia defective product attorneys at Golomb & Honik for your free case evaluation. We welcome prospective clients from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and across the United States.