A new study has recently been published in the Journal of Bone and Joint
and its findings seem to lend support to the thousands of injured plaintiffs
who have filed hip implant lawsuits against DePuy in recent years. The
randomized 5-year study compared metal ion levels in patients who received
metal-on-metal hip implants. At 5 years post-op these patients had significantly
higher levels of toxic metals, cobalt and chromium, than those patients
who received a metal-on-polyethylene hip implant.
This is good news for the thousands of injured hip implant patients who
have filed lawsuits against hip manufacturers like DePuy. To date, over
140,000 Americans have received the all-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip implant
device. According to the lawsuits that have been filed, injured plaintiffs
allege that the all-metal design of the Pinnacle hip implant makes patients
more vulnerable to metallosis, pseudotumor formation, and early hip failure.
Hip implant failure alone can lead to painful revision surgery, further
compromising the integrity of the hip joint. Toxic levels of metals in
the tissues surrounding the hip joint can destroy bone, tissue, and ligaments
permanently, leading to permanent disability.
Even though thousands of lawsuits have been filed and the FDA has warned
consumers about dangerously high metal ions in the bloodstream, Johnson
& Johnson has still not recalled the DePuy pinnacle hip implant, although
they did cease the sale of this device in 2013.
DePuy isn’t the only hip implant manufacturer under fire for their
faulty and defective all-metal hip implants. In the last decade alone,
there have been 578 different hip implant recalls from six different manufacturers,
including Smith & Nephew, Stryker, Biomet, Wright Medical, and Zimmer Holdings.
Recipients of the metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip implant may be eligible
to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of their defective hip. If
you or someone you love has suffered medical complications, required painful
revision surgery, or has high levels of toxic metals in your blood, it
is important to consult with an experienced defective hip implant lawyer.