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DePuy Hip Recall: Problems With DePuy's Pinnacle Hip Replacements As Well

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Problems with DePuy's Pinnacle Hips May Lead to RecallI wrote an earlier blog post about the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement system and the fact that the metal-on-metal design of this device is very similar to the DePuy ASR XL replacement hip that has already been recalled by Johnson & Johnson. There continue to be a growing number of complaints that the design of the Pinnacle hip is also defective, leading to early failures, joint slippage and metal toxicity as the metal ball and socket rub together and produce metallic shavings.

The metal shavings from metal-on-metal replacement hips produce various reactions in the body including high fever, inflammation and death to the tissue and bone that surrounds the implant. Not only does this condition cause extreme pain for the patient, it makes it increasingly difficult for doctors to revise the surgery as there may not be enough muscle and bone to re-attach the new hip replacement.

According to this New York Times article, some surgeons are concerned that this is just the beginning of a large wave of patients suffering from these side effects as the latest generation of metal-on-metal hips are relatively new and have only been used for the past decade. The article further states that “The Journal of Arthroplasty, urged doctors to use the metal-on-metal devices only with “great caution, if at all” and that the Mayo clinic has reduced their use of metal-on-metal implants by some 80 percent.

The DePuy Pinnacle System has not been recalled yet, but hip replacement patients should educate themselves concerning potential defects and problems with artificial hip. Those who are experiencing pain and other issues related to the DePuy Pinnacle implant should discuss these issues with their doctor.

[More on the DePuy Hip Recall]

[More on Johnson & Johnson’s many recalls]

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  1. pauline boucher says:
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    Ihad a hip replacement may 6 2009 @ R.I. HOSPITAL. After surgery I was in constant pain,I had many tests done and got no relief, I then went to New England Baptist hospital in Boston where surgery was done again to take out metal.This surgery was done on May6,2010.

  2. jim moreland, pa-c. mhs says:
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    I HAVE BEEN A PA FOR 30 YEARS, 12 OF THAT SPENT IN ORTHO SURGERY. I HAVE LUPUS AND OTHER AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES. I GOT AVN. I HAD BOTH HIPS REPLACED 03 AND 04. I HAVE ALWAYS HAD GROIN PAIN WORSEE WITH WEIGHT BEARING, CLUNKING NOISE, SUBLUXATIONS, HAD REVSION LAST MARCH, ANOTHER METAL ON METAL PROTHESIS PUT IN, DEVELOPED A FEVER AND WAS DIAGNOSED WITH OSTEOMYELITIS OF THE HEMI PELVIS INCLUDING THE RAMUS. THIS IS NOT A TYPICAL PLACE TO FIND OSTEOMYELITIS CASUED BY AN INFECTED HIP. IT TO WIDESPREAD. I HAD PATHOLOGY THAT WOULD IDENTIFY AS METALLOSIS AND FINDING ON SCINITGRAPHY OF THE OSTEO, BUT ALSO A LARGE RADILUSCENT AREA AROUND THE HIP, KNOWN AS A “CLOUD SIGN”….THE BOTTOM LINE MY ORTHO, RHENMATOLOGIST, AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE DOCTORS DID NOT CONSIDER THE DIAGNOSIS OF METALLOSIS. THE FINDINGS I HAD WERE NOT CONCLUSIVE OF SIMPLE OSTEO PRESENTATION, NOR AN IFLAMMATORY PROCESS DUE TO MY LUPUS, BUT IT WAS BOTH. THE METAL PARTICLE CAUSED A REACTION CASUING OSTEOMYELITIS OF THE THE ENITRE HEMIPELVIS INCLUDING THE RAMUS AND CASUING A CHRONIC INFRCTION CASUING MY IMMUNE SYSTEMS TO ALWAYS BEEN IN A STATE OF HUPERACTIVITY. SO, THE LESSON HERE IS THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE OUR DOCTORS AWARE THAT THERE JUST MAY BE A PROBLEMS WITH THE PROSTESIS THAT IS CAUSING VARIOUS SYMPTOMS. SINCE MY REVISION I WALK WITH A LIMP, HAVE PAIN AND STIFFNESS GETTING OUT OF CHAIRS, SUBLUXING, POINT TENDENESSS IN THE GROIN, FEVER AND NIGHT SWEATS. THERE SHOULD BE A RECALL OF THE PINNACLE ACTEBAULAR SYSTEM AS IT DOES FAIL IN A SHORT PERIOD OF PAIN. I AM 54, TWO YOUNG TO BE FACING BILATERAL HIP REVISIONS. MAKE YOU DOCTOR AWARE AND CONTACT A PRIVATE LAWYER SO YOU MAY KNOW WHAT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS ARE. DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING FROM DEPUY OR J AND J, THIS MAY LIMIT YOUR CLAIM TO FURTHER MONIES DUE TO THIS PRODUCT FAILURE

  3. Juergen Schaberick says:
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    I am a victim of DePuy Pinnacle device. All if not even more of all the symptoms, always present violent pain ever since implant surgery was performed 12/22/2008. Updates on DePuy Pinnacle cases within my blog post at http://www.linkmommy.com/Blog/update-depuy-pinnacle-law-suits
    Regards, Juergen Schaberick, Venice, Florida