DePuy Pinnacle Metal-on-Metal Hip Lawyers

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted January 17, 2011


In addition to pursuing potential DePuy ASR hip lawsuits, the hip replacement product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are also investigating potential lawsuits involving other types of metal-on-metal hip implants, including potential DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits.

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Over the past year, metal-on-metal hip replacement problems have been a major concern within the medical community and among consumers who received one of these hip systems sold by a number of different manufacturers.

Since a DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip recall was issued in August 2010, much of the attention has been focused on this one particular model, which was sold to more than 90,000 people before being pulled from the market. However, it appears that other metal-on-metal hip implants may also be prone to early failure, including the DePuy Pinnacle hip system

In their current form, metal-on-metal hip replacements are a relatively new design (although they were originally introduced in the 1960s, the “first generation” was widely abandoned due to a number of problems with the design).

The “second generation” metal-on-metal hips have become popular in recent years due to the belief that they are more durable than other types of implants. However, design issues may lead to an increased amount of small metal particles being shed into the body as the parts of the artificial hip rub against each other, resulting in metallosis and other complications with the hip replacement.

Like the DePuy ASR, the DePuy Pinnacle is a metal-on-metal hip replacement that has been associated with a number of complaints of problems, such as unexplained hip pain, loosening, failure of the implant and the need for additional hip revision surgery. It appears that the DePuy Pinnacle may suffer from many of the same design defects that plagued the ASR hip implant.


Potential lawsuits are being reviewed by the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. for individuals who have received one of these metal-on-metal hip replacements or who suspect that they may have received one. All cases are reviewed under a contingency fee agreement, which means that there are never any attorney fees unless a recovery is obtained.

To review a case on behalf of yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

6 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • J Martins says:

    My journey is just beginning. I have had a THR using the Pinnacle prosthesis, it has been a year and the pain in my groin and mid thigh will not go away. My doctors have abandoned me due to my simple request of “what is the make and serial number of my prosthesis”. First response was “Not the one recalled”. Uggh…they have left me and my wife to try and wade through this mess blindfolded. My business is in ruins, my savings is dwindling and i am about as afraid as i can get. The depression is slowly winning its battle and i have all but stopped fighting it. I have gone back to a doctor from my past – a person i had admired for his straightforwardness….i am hoping for the best. Good luck and good health to all out there!

    Posted on January 19, 2011 at 1:46 am

  • Lisa C. says:

    Not all Pinnacles are metal on metal. Mine is a Polyethylene on Ceramic & mine has dislocated three times in a 5-year time frame.

    Posted on January 23, 2011 at 11:50 pm

  • Carmen says:

    i had a hip surgery done in august of 2010 and i called my doctor about the recall and was told that mine was not on the recall list i still experience pain on the upper thigh ad the outer part of my hip during sexual activity i have had two hip replacements by two different doctors one was done in 2009 the other in 2010 and i had a knee replacement in 2008

    Posted on February 2, 2011 at 2:26 am

  • Marcia says:

    I have had both hips replaced using the pinnical device (2008, and 2009). It took a lawyer to get this information from the surgon and medical facility where the surgery took place. No one would tell me what I had. I have been experiencing grinding, and poping in both hips with the right being the worst. Pain in the groin, down the front of my thigh and painn in the hip area. I dont think the surgeon cares about the patients who are having problems. When I went to see my surgeon he was very guarded, and well rehursed in what he said.

    Posted on March 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm

  • Lori says:

    My husband then a 44 year old white male had a pinnacle revision done in oct 2006. 8 months went by and the original ortho kept telling him to give it 6 more weeks he was in so much pain. He has had previous his replacements and revisions so we knew he should have never been in this much pain and not this long. We went to another ortho who told us the cup was loose and he now had an infection. He had all hip parts removed 10/07 including the femur rod. They put an antibiotic ball in for 3 months. He than had a full hip replacement in Jan 08. He came out of that surgery with drop foot and severe pheripheral nerve damage. We are now in the process of finding out he possible has the zimmer durom cup recall. How can one person be so unlucky. He is in severe pain every day!! Because of the nerve damage he now has RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy). Becareful and ask your surgeon what manufacturer they are going to use for your hip replacements and research them very carefully.

    Posted on March 16, 2011 at 10:18 am

  • Linda says:

    I had a Pinnacle cup with an Altix cross-linked polyethylene liner and a Co Cr femoral head on March 27, 2014. My surgery was a sucess but within weeks, I had developed a psedo tumor on the incision site. That was drained under general anethstesia and within a week to ten days, it was back and soon grew to a cantaloupe size. That was removed with muscle damage and growth into the hip socket area. Again, I started growing a psedo tumor that ended up to grow even more rapidly into thev size of a football.
    The hip surgeon looked at the original surgical report and the type of components used. He seemed to know immediately what the issue was. He told me that a revision needed to take place and that I probably had metallosis from the prosthetic device which was causing the tumors and making me sick.
    Blood tests confirmed I had approx. 4 times the normal level of both chromium and cobalt in my blood and surgery confirmed a failure of the poly liner causing metal fragments to flake off into my body.
    I would like to know if this condition has been documented in others and if there are lawsuits pending or settled that deal with the poly.

    Posted on August 1, 2014 at 11:02 am

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