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DePuy Pinnacle Hip Recall Should Be Issued

Austin Kirk

The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. represent a growing number of people who are pursuing a potential DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuit after experiencing early failure of their hip replacement. Plagued by similar problems that ultimately led to a DePuy ASR hip recall last year, we believe that the metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip systems should also be removed from the market.

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Although there appears to be ample evidence that should have led to a DePuy Pinnacle hip recall being issued, the metal-on-metal hip replacement system remains on the market and consumers continue to be exposed to the risk of serious and debilitating problems.

The DePuy Pinnacle Acetabular Cup System, which is used in total hip replacements, is manufactured and sold by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The system consists of a porous coated hemispherical outer shell and a liner that locks into the outer shell, which can be either polyethylene or metal. The liner component articulates with the femoral head, which is typically metal.

When a metal liner is used, the metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle design can cause small metal particles and debris to be shed into a patient’s body and tissue as the metal parts wear against each other, potentially resulting in metallosis or metal poisoning from the DePuy Pinnacle hip. This can damage the muscles and other soft tissue, potentially resulting in early failure of the DePuy Pinnacle hip within a few years after it is implanted, often resulting in the need for hip revision surgery.

In August 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. recalled their ASR hip system, which is a similar metal-on-metal hip implant. Post-marketing data confirmed that DePuy ASR hip problems were associated with a much higher-than-expected failure rate, and the hip system was recalled months after DePuy ASR lawsuits were first filed alleging that consumers experienced complications due to the defective design.

The DePuy ASR was approved as a substantially equivalent design to the DePuy Pinnacle hip, which appears to be causing the same or worse problems as the ASR. Last year, the FDA’s MedWatch adverse event reporting system registered at least 548 complaints about DePuy Pinnacle problems, with many reports indicating that the implants failed years before they were supposed to or caused symptoms that may be consistent with metal poisoning. These reports likely constitute only a small portion of the total number of issues from DePuy Pinnacle hips, which should have been identified by the manufacturer and led to a DePuy Pinnacle hip recall.

DePuy Pinnacle Recall Lawsuits

The hip recall lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are continuing to review potential lawsuits for individuals who have experienced problems with a DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement. It appears clear that the defective hip system should have been pulled off the market, which may have allowed individuals to avoid severe pain and other complications associated with a DePuy Pinnacle hip failure.

To review a potential claim for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

21 Comments Add Your Comments

  1. I received a Depuy Pinnacle hip replacement in September of 2009 and have experienced nothing but severe pain in the joint itself and around it, a severe limp. I believe that with a new hip joint I should not have any of these symptoms at all. Especially almost 18 months after surgery. I received a Pinnacle replacement with a 30 mm bone screw, sector 58 cup, 36 mm liner, metal on metal head, s-rom neck. All I want is to live pain free and be able to walk and run without severe pain.

  2. I received a J&J Depuy Pinnacle Sector cup, uncemented, size 58 with a 35mm cup screw. Summit stem, uncemented, size 7, +5 neck, 40 mm head on 2/22/2008 and have had nothing but pain ever since and have walked with a limp, which I didn’t have before. The pain level averages at about 6 out of 10 on a daily basis. I like Seth, just want to live pain free. I wish they would recall this item so I could have it replaced. The pain is so bad at times it makes it unbearable to sleep.

  3. I had a hip replacement done on June 16,2011, On July 10 I recived a recall notice from De puy About an ASR implant , So I Got a Lawyer after 11 months I find out I have a summit 54mm 6 standard 32mm head +5 mm neck … I live in constant pain ,I have tried to get back to a normal life but the pain will not let me . My nuro DR. says I have nerve damage Piriformis Syndrome & Meralgia Parestetica …I was told I could go back to work 15 weeks ,It didn’t happen…Im in more pain than I was before the operation….

  4. I RECIEVED MY DEPUY PINNACLE HIP IMPLANT ON SEPTEMBER 2 2008. I STILL HAVE PAIN IN MY GROAN AREA AS IF I NEVER HAD SURGERY. I CANT SLEEP ON THAT SIDE. I CANT STAND FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME. WHEN I SHOP NOW I HAVE TO USE THE SCOOTER TO GET AROUND IN STORE. I HAVE TO LEAN DOWN TO WASH DISHES. IM IN CONSTANT PAIN EVERYDAY OF MY LIFE, I HURT ALL THROUGH MY BODY. SOMETIMES I FEEL AS IF SOMETHING IS REALLY WRONG WITH ME, I HAVENT BEEN THE SAME SINCE I HAD MY SURGERY.

  5. I, WAS ONLY 30 YEARS OLD when i had my first hip replaced it was a RICHARDSON? WHEN I HAD MY REVISION FOUR YEARS AFTER IT WAS A FAILURE! THE FIRST ONE HAD PIECES OF PLASTIC IN THE HIP AREA AND CAUSED- IRRITATION. I BELIEVE IT IS A S-ROM —FAILURE AGAIN. I HAVE COBOLT AND HIGH ALUMINUM IN MY BLOOD. S-ROM IS TITANIUM,ISNT TITINUM MIXED WITH ALUMINUM? OH,WELL EVERY DAY I LIVE IN PAIN, WHAT WAS SUPPOSE TO MAKE ME BETTER MADE MY LIFE H-E-L-L! I CANNOT LIVE LIKE THIS… WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?????

  6. I HAD PAIN FOR 9YRS.I HAVE A PINNACLE ll CUP SECTOR AND A S ROM IMPLANT. SOME THING IS VERY WRONG I SHOULD HAVE A BETTER QUILITY OF LIFE AFTER, NOT EXTREME PAIN!

  7. Shelley says:

    I had the pinnacle hip put in 2006 and I am no better then I was before. I had problems from the get go. still in constant pain even worse. Starts frommy hip and goes all the way down to my ankle now. can\’t stand for a period of time or walk. He had to go back in and he said it had him baffled. when he went in the same yr I had it he said the infection was eating me from the inside out. So I am wondering if it was bad then. The bad part is too he had to take my main muscle out and that made my limp worse. i am tired of being in pain and don\’t know what to do.

  8. i had a 58mm Pinnacle cup implanted in August of 2009 and my life has been a wreck ever since. My leg feels like it is going to explode. My hamstring feels like its being pulled out of the back of my leg and forget about trying to sleep on the same side of my implant. i though a total hip replacement was supposed to meke me feel better but that has not been the case. Walking is getting more difficult daily, and sleep is an option that id love to have, but get less of with each passing week. I now have headaches that never stop, constant leg cramping, back spasms. I have a 6 and 5 year old i cant run around with nor can i do things that i used to consider normal. Driving is become a more and more difficult task as well as just getting dressed in the morning. My feet cramp, knees ache, and getting out of bed if i have been lucky enough to string 4 hours of sleep together is an adventure in itself. It has wiped me out finacially so much that i can no longer afford my meds, and i was on 8 of them to control the pain. It destroyed my marriage to the point of divorce and i am actually questioning my own sanity. i was 38 when it was installed and am now 42 yet feel 100. Everyone i have talked to who has this system hates it, many docs ive talked to hate it, and despite the complaints piling up nothing has been done. it was banned in the EU and despite this Depuy decided to ship their shelved items stateside where it hasnt yet been banned for implantation into people they obviously care nothing about. Anybody else see a problem with this?

  9. I had a total hip replacement in August of 2010. The doctor used the bantam pinnacle hip socket by depuy. Ever since the surgery I have not been able to walk distances, or stand for very long. I cannot get a smooth transition to walking right. It is as if my knee is twisted and leg is sooo stiff.. I have a “good range of motion” but I do not have a fluid range of motion and even after lots of rehab still am much worse off than before the surgery.inso far as mobility is concerned. Now the surgeon wants to do more surgery; exploratory he says. He said he was going to use a bigger cup but now I am afraid it will be even worse than it is now which would basically put me in a wheel chair. I really believe he used too small of a cup…I have lost almost two years of my life to this but I don’t know who to blame; the doctor or the actual cup manufacturer. Any one else have similar problems?

  10. i had a depuy pinnacle put in metal whith poly liner have hat pain in groin squieking when i sit forward but all lawyers are looking for is metal on metal what what can i do.

  11. I have a Depuy Pinnacle with 52mm cup and Polyethelyne liner which was implanted in January of 2012. I still have severe pains , cannot stand or walk for long periods or distance, and my hip “pops” every step I take. Just like Craig said, all the lawyers want a client with metal-on-metal implants. What about those of us who have the polyethelyne linned Depuy Pinnacle?

  12. Ever since my original THR was revised with the Pinnacle my life has lost all quality. I can’t even live on my own after 4 years. The pain is unrelenting and chromium level was 2.2. Normal is 0-1. Couldn’t talk right. That is better, but the pain is not. If I have this taken out I won’t have enough bone for another revision. Looking at a life in a wheelchair or life in unrelenting pain despite pain meds. This is wrong. $60,000 for a poorly designed hip that has disabled me and cost me my carreer of 23 years. This is a purely a greedy company. I have paperwork showing the Pinnacle is basically the same as the Asetabylar. That’s how they got it approved-right before they recalled the XL. Fact.

  13. i have had a pinnacle ceramic on metal hip the ball being ceramic and it has never missed a beat it feels nice no pain i can walk as far as i want .and its a revision so there you are . both depuy products ive no complaints . uncemented hips can be painfull as new bone is turning over at a rapid rate espeshly the first three months . the skill of the surgeon also is the most important thing of all .

  14. I also have the Depuy Pinnacle with the poly liner. Had it put in June 2005 and in constant pain..swelling at the hip and elevayed cobalt & chromium levels. Just like Craig & Robert attorneys only want metal on metal cases but like those 2 men…what about us with the metal on poly hips? We suffer just like the metal on metal people but we are ignored….where is our justice…where is our recall….where are our attorneys?

  15. It shouldn’t matter which components you have. If it’s a Pinnacle hip implant and you’ve had problems from the beginning, it should be a no brainer!! Very frustrating…it’s almost as if we are all being pushed aside unless you have metal on metal. If the symptoms are the SAME as metal on metal what difference does it make whether it’s metal on plastic, ceramic on metal, etc.?? Not fair!! They should be ashamed of themselves implanting these flawed devices in unsuspecting people. It’s inhumane and playing God. Who are you (a Corporation) to decide who is at higher risk for cancer, kidney, bladder disease, etc.?? All for greed and the all mighty dollar. I don’t know how these people sleep after poisoning all these victims and not taking responsibility for their “studies” on human guinea pigs. After seeing my arms covered in rashes and me live with so much pain, my son keeps asking if I’m going to die before I get this hip out.

  16. I had a Articul/eze MOM Femoral hip, Pinnacle Gripton Acetbular Sector Cup & Pinnacle Altrx-Poly.Acetabular Liner
    hip replacement in 2011. I am having lots of pain in my thigh at night when laying on the affected side. In the morning its very sore,(right outer medial area) It feels like I was poked or ran into a table. My Dr says it’s bursitis and I don’t have a metal on metal hip implant (figure that). He refused to do a blood draw to check for metal levels. I also have alot of thigh pain in certain positions, feels like i’m being poked. Is anyone having the same problems? I had my other hip replaced 4-months later with a Ceramic Femoral Head, all other parts the same. Anyone haviing problems with this?

  17. bernard says:

    i have had the pinnacle cup and the summit stem but with the ceramic on ceramic bearing a year ago i have had no problems at all a little ach once in a while a twinge but i except it is not quite as good as what god made to begin with but it is a million times better than osteo arthritis of the hip . does anyone know is it just the metal on metal articulation my surgeon wont use that bearing surface .i am not sure he ever did metal on metal hip replacements . i hope you get your pain and problems sorted it must be horrible i just wanted to reasure youwhen they work like mine it is awesome so do not give up . my docter says the results with 1st time revision are almost as good as 1st time hip replacement so dont give up .next time get the most experienced hip surgeon you can a dr who does lots of revision cases is best some orthos love the challange of revision surgery and specialize in it . get a professer or close two it if you can .

  18. I had a Pinnacle cup with an Altrix cross-linked polyethylene liner and a cocr? Femoral head and a Summit femoral stem, implanted in March of this year. Since then, I have had two surgeries to get increasingly larger psedotumors removed and now I have a “tumor”on my incision site the size of a football. Next week, I will have it removed along with the pinnacle cup. A ceramic will replace it and a plastic surgeon will perform a skin flap of sorts to encapsulate the new joint area . I haven’t gotten the results from the blood work back but the surgeon seemed fairly certain that I have metallosis, high levels of
    Cobalt and chromium in my body being caused by the implant sluffing of metal particals and “poisining” my body. I don’t understand why if these parts fail so often, how can they still put them in people? I don’t feel that I or my insurance should have to pay for this. I don’t care about settlements, I just want them to take responsibility for thier actions and do what’s fair. Has anyone else had a similar result?,

  19. Timothy says:

    Shirley I have same replacement was also told the bursitis routine!!I have been getting huge lumps on groin that pop and leak blood and fluid,my dr told me I had an infection and gave me antbiotics it went away and came back 7 times.This morning were the biggest and most painfull lumps ever.I squeezed one and a ton of blood and stuff came out.I have been in immense pain and can hardly get around,have scooter.Cannot sleep on that side and groin pain is crazy bad.Before replacement I could walk to store etc. with minor pain.They guinnea pigged me and wrecked me.There is no difference with liners of any kind.Several drs told me it is 50-50 with implants and dr should not have done mine as I take chemo every week and have immunno-disorder.

  20. I have had three right hip operation but since Jan 2014 my pain has been constant .it keeps me from sleeping and I cant eat sometimes due to the pain. I have 6 screw in my hip .Please Help .I also walk with a limp and now it’s getting very hard to drive and I have been getting constant headache.Please Help

  21. At age 55 in 2009 I had a total hip replaced with metal-on-metal. I am pain free and happy. No problems. I’m sure there are some failures but I believe if you go to the best doctor your success rate is best. Don’t settle for who is close by or convenient. I will travel 2,000 miles (if necessary) to have my other hip replaced which will probably happen within the next 5 years. GO TO AN EXPERT SURGEON!!!

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