Although the metal-on-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement was not affected by the DePuy hip recall of August 2010, thousands of adverse event reports and lawsuits have been filed on behalf of patients who experienced complications stemming from the device.

DePuy Pinnacle Recall Symptoms

When used with an Ultamet liner, the DePuy Pinnacle hip becomes a metal-on-metal hip replacement, a class of devices currently under scrutiny because of their potential to cause serious complications and injuries in patients. These side effects may include:

  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Pain in the leg, hip or groin
  • Limping

After the DePuy ASR hip replacement recall of 2010, which involved the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System and affected 93,000 implants, more and more patients started filing lawsuits alleging these side effects.

Manufactured in 2000, the DePuy Pinnacle hip served as predecessor to the ASR artificial hip. The metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle hip that uses the Ultamet liner was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2005 and manufactured by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics.

Common to the ASR device and the version of the DePuy Pinnacle hip that uses the Ultamet liner is their metal-on-metal hip designs, which may cause hip dislocation as well as severe pain and other side effects associated with early hip failure. In the growing litigation of DePuy hip recall lawsuits involving the ASR artificial hip, patients say revision surgeries may be necessary to remove the implant. Right now, approximately 10,000 DePuy hip replacement recall lawsuits filed over the ASR device are pending in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) underway in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio.

Many patients are also citing symptoms of metallosis (metal ion poisoning) in their DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits. This condition occurs when the metal components of the device to fret and corrode, causing metallic debris to shed into the patient’s blood stream.

  • Heart (chest pain, shortness of breath)
  • Nerves (numbness, weakness, change in vision or hearing)
  • Thyroid (fatigue, feeling cold, weight gain)
  • Kidney (change in urination habits)

Will the Metal-on-Metal Version of the Pinnacle Hip Be Subject to a Future Pinnacle Hip Recall?

Despite the fact that a DePuy Pinnacle recall has not been issued, thousands of DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. The hip replacement lawyer sat Bernstein Liebhard LLP recently announced the details of a Master Case List update that said over 3,800 claims had been filed in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) created to consolidate DePuy Pinnacle hip lawsuits. According to the report, 3,882 are now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner, Jeffrey S. Grand, is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the DePuy Pinnacle litigation.

Considering a DePuy Hip Lawsuit? Call a Lawyer Today.

If you experienced complications after receiving the metal-on-metal version of the DePuy Pinnacle hip, or the recalled DePuy ASR artificial hip, you may be eligible to receive compensation for any medical expenses, lost wages, as well as any pain and suffering you may have incurred as a result of your injuries. Contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP by calling (877) 779-1414 for more information.

Published May 8, 2013 by