Metal on Metal Hip Implants
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What are Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices?
DePuy Orthopaedics is one of the world’s major manufacturers of medical devices. It’s a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, and it makes the DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal (MOM) hip device. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received an increasing number of complaints in connection with the design and function of the MOM hip device. What comes to issue is that it consists of a metal ball, stem and socket. The MOM design was intended to enhance durability and functionality of the device, but implant patients have now been put at risk for or suffered a variety of injuries and complications. The DePuy Pinnacle MOM hip implant has been taken off the market, and it hasn’t been available in the United States since 2013.
The High Corrective Surgery Rate
About 10 percent of all DePuy Pinnacle MOM patients have had to undergo painful corrective surgery. Many of those individuals have filed lawsuits against DePuy, but the company remains steadfast in its position that the device is not dangerously defective. Juries have strongly disagreed with that. Regardless of the manufacturer’s position, the corrective surgery rate for patients with the device might be more than 16 percent.
Along with a condition known as metallosis, the DePuy Pinnacle MOM implant appears to have other severe side effects. Those follow:
- Swelling and hip pain
- Bone erosion
- Damage to tissue
- Nerve damage
- Leg length discrepancy
- Impaired hip function
Since both the ball and socket of the DePuy Pinnacle device are made of metal, friction between the two can cause metal shavings, flakes or debris to enter the blood stream. That debris can leave a DePuy Pinnacle device recipient with unsafe levels of cobalt and chromium in their bodies. That poisoning is called metallosis, and here’s what it can cause:
- Severe headaches
- Cobalt poisoning
- Nerve damage
Recipients of the DePuy Pinnacle MOM implants should also be aware of other symptoms associated with mellatosis that follow:
- Chest pain and breathing difficulties.
- Numbness, weakness, or impaired vision or hearing.
- Thyroid involvement including feeling chilly, weight gain and feeling exhausted.
- Changes in urination frequency.
Nearly 10,000 DePuy Pinnacle MOM cases are in federal multidistrict litigation in Texas. With multidistrict litigation, all of those cases from the federal courts across the country are consolidated. Consolidation occurs before an actual trial for purposes of pretrial procedure. They are then sent back for trial to the districts that they came from. Multidistrict consolidation operates in the interests of judicial economy and the convenience of the parties. As opposed to a class action lawsuit, plaintiffs have far more input into what happens on their cases.
Steps to Take
If you have a DePuy Pinnacle MOM artificial hip, and you have endured chronic groin pain, suffered other side effects, displayed symptoms of metallosis or have had to suffer through painful revision surgery, you should see your doctor right away. Don’t release any medical information to DePuy or Johnson & Johnson. They’ll only try to use that information to build their case and use that information against you in the future. If you’re going to have revision surgery, instruct your doctor and hospital to preserve all components of the device that are removed. Then contact our offices as soon as you’re able to. You might be eligible for substantial compensation for your damages.
Contact a Louisville Personal Injury Lawyer
Don’t be apprehensive about talking to us. You can speak confidentially with an experienced DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant attorney from our offices. There’s no obligation at all, and if we’re retained to represent you, no legal fees are even due unless we obtain a settlement or verdict on your behalf. Jury trials on the Pinnacle MOM devices have been hugely successful. Juries are consistently finding that the devices were defectively designed, and that DePuy and Johnson & Johnson failed to warn both doctors and patients of the risks attendant to the design of the device.