DePuy Pinnacle Ultamet Hip Attorneys

The DePuy Pinnacle Ultamet hip implant is a metal on metal hip implant that is now displaying failure problems similar to those documented with the recalled DePuy ASR hip implant, which is another metal on metal hip implant that was recalled in 2010.

While the failure rate of the DePuy ASR hip implant is higher than that of the DePuy Pinnacle Ultamet hip implant, similar incidences of metallosis toxicity have been reported.  Metallosis is caused when metal ions release from the metal on metal bearing surfaces of the hip implant.  These metal ions are detrimental and toxic to the soft tissues of the hip joint.  Metallosis may lead to loosening and failure of the DePuy Pinnacle Ultamet hip implant. 

If you or someone you love has been harmed by a faulty DePuy Pinnacle Ultamet hip implant, you may be eligible to file a defective medical device lawsuit.  A DePuy hip lawyer from our firm can help you pursue compensation for your damages.  Call us today at 1-888-554-2889 to speak with a DePuy lawsuit attorney.  We offer

DePuy Hip Implant Revision Surgery

If any of the following symptoms of metallosis are present in a patient’s X-rays, most doctors recommend hip implant revision surgery:

  • Soft tissue reactions
  • Masses such as pseudotumors
  • Fluid collections

Furthermore, if high levels of chromium and cobalt are found in the patient’s blood, revision surgery may also be recommended.  Hip implant revision surgery involves the removal of the faulty DePuy Pinnacle Ultamet hip implant and replacement with a different hip implant product.

Surgeons removing the DePuy Pinnacle Ultamet metal on metal hip implants have found significant damage from metallosis, including:

  • Cavities containing cloudy fluid under pressure
  • Necrotic soft tissues
  • Avulsed tendons
  • Denuded osteonecrotic upper femora

If the damage caused by metallosis is severe enough, the patient may lose the ability to walk because the necessary supporting tissues and the upper part of the femur will be so severely damaged. 

Why Metal on Metal?

The DePuy Pinnacle hip implant is usable with three types of liners: plastic, ceramic and metal.  The metal liner is called the “Ultamet”, or the Pinnacle Metal Insert, and it is this Pinnacle with the metal liner, the Ultamet, upon which our investigation is focused.  Metal on metal implants were intended to address the needs of younger and more active patients who are apt to wear out the polyethylene cups that were previously used in hip implants and only last roughly 12 to 15 years before replacement is necessary.  The marketing departments of DePuy and other metal hip implant manufacturers proposed that these metal on metal bearing surfaces would last longer and require fewer revisions over the patient’s lifetime.  Now, however, surgeons appear to be moving away from recommending metal on metal hip implants to their patients, as the risks of metallosis associated with these implants are not worth the benefits of the design.

Contact a Defective Medical Device and DePuy Hip Lawyer

If you or someone you love has had to undergo revision surgery after a DePuy Pinnacle Ultamet hip implant, you may be entitled to file a medical product liability lawsuit to recover compensation for your damages.  The defective medical device and product liability lawyers at our firm have years of experience with this type of litigation, and we have the resources and access to expert testimony victims need to establish a strong case.  Contact us today for a free consultation with a defective DePuy hip lawyer.

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