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DePuy Orthopaedics faces criticism that its DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant has an unreasonably high failure rate. The DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement concerns are in addition to problems with the DePuy Orthopaedic ASR XL Acetabular hip replacement. The DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement is a metal-on-metal design. Although the Pinnacle hip replacement is similar to the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip Systems and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System, the DePuy Pinnacle Acetabular Cup System has not been recalled.
The DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement is a metal-on-metal design that allows the surgeon to choose which type of liner to place inside the outer cup. The surgeon can choose between a metal liner, ceramic liner or polyethylene liner.
DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant
From January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received 548 adverse event reports regarding various DePuy Pinnacle products. Some of those adverse event reports included situations in which the patient required revision surgery because the implant was loosening or coming out of position. While the adverse reports continue to be tracked by the FDA, no official statement has been made as to whether the loose implants are due to defective DePuy Pinnacle implants or errors occurring during implantation.
The problem with early failure of the DePuy hip replacement is that patients are then required to go through hip revision surgery much earlier than expected. Usually, hip replacements are expected to last 10 to 15 years. With early failure, patients must undergo revision surgery much sooner than that. Revision surgery comes with its own risks and is generally more complicated than the implant surgery.
DePuy Hip Replacement
So far, there has not been a DePuy Pinnacle Recall announced. Whether or not the DePuy Pinnacle will eventually go the way of the DePuy ASR Acetabular hip devices remains to be seen. Lawsuits have been filed against DePuy, alleging the metal-on-metal design of the DePuy Pinnacle hip device allows metal debris to come loose from the device, ultimately being absorbed by the patient's surrounding tissue. Those lawsuits, however, have not resulted in DePuy recalling its Pinnacle hip replacement device.
DePuy Pinnacle Recall
In May 2011, the Multi-District Litigation Panel reportedly heard arguments concerning the venue for consolidated DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits. The DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits are being consolidated for discovery and pre-trial motions. Following the pre-trial motions, which will occur in the Northern District of Texas, a bellwether DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit trial schedule could be set up. According to reports, 57 DePuy lawsuits were consolidated in the multi-district litigation.
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Hey I had a DePuy Pinnacle with a ceramic on poly liner that ruined my life- after 1 year I had 10 dislocations in 10 weeks before a revision. Now I am waiting to see if the Texas thing will even allow me to get compensated for leaving my family homeless. Any lawyers out there taking Pinnacle Ceramic on Poly cases, my complaint is already filed in the MDL. Just need rep.
Due to Avascular necrosis I had the total hip replacement Surgery bilaterally, the right hip on 14-09-2012 and the left hip on 04-02-2013 and implanted DePuy/ Jhonson & Jhonson Corraile System ( the components included:
1- Pinnacle Acetabular Shell Selector
2-Pinnacle Acetabular Liner (Polyethylene)
3-Corail Hip System Cementless Femoral Stem
4-M-Spec Metal Femoral Head
5-Pinnacle cancellous Bone Screw
Just after the surgery of my left hip, I had to face a constant pain in my trochanteric and buttock region, this pain continued and after 1 year the joint started dislocating, clicking and giving grinding noise as well as pain in thighbone, gluteal region and ischial tuberosity in the left hip. I have also now facing often pain in buttock region of the right hip.
I have consulted the Orthopaedic surgeon who did the surgeries and after a long study of my case he has advised me and planned a Revision Surgery in October 2015.
After listening his advice and coming to know the poor reputation of the implant, I am too much depressed and anxious about future of my own as well as my dependents including my wife, a 06 months old daughter and my mother who is a widow as well. I consulted another renowned Orthopaedic surgeon to get the second opinion but he also favored the opinion of original surgeon and suggested the Revision surgery. That's why now i have decided to file a lawsuit against the company whose implant i have received. But there are some problems that need your special attention and reply in detailed guidance and the said problems are as follows:
1- I live in Pakistan and all my surgeries were conducted there. Can I file the said lawsuit in an American Court and does the American law allow me to do so? Will I be granted visa for USA on the aforesaid grounds for the said purpose if I decide to file the lawsuit there in USA?
2- Do you consider cases for overseas clients and provide them with necessary help in the said situations?
3- What fees will you charge for the whole procedure?
4- I can not pay your fees in advance, so will you get your fees after getting compensation for me?
I am waiting for your kind response.
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