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DePuy Pinnacle and ASR Hip Implants

Kentucky Defective Drug and Medical Device Attorneys

Some of the hip replacement products that have been sold within the past decade are the DePuy Pinnacle and the ASR hip implants. The Pinnacle and ASR hip replacements are designed to give a greater range of motion for patients and are supposed to help those who have broken a hip or who have needed a replacement hip joint gain back the active lifestyle they once enjoyed.

It’s a promise Johnson & Johnson, the developer and manufacturer, has not been able to keep, mostly because it skimped on its duty to patients to rigorously test its products. Today, thousands of people who received the Pinnacle and ASR hip replacements are experiencing a myriad of problems.

The most prevalent problem is in the versions of these hip replacements that involve metal on metal components. This has created corrosion from the metal femoral head rubbing against the metal acetabular liner. This can cause a condition known as metallosis, which is an elevated level of chromium and cobalt metal ions in the blood.

Other issues with the Pinnacle and ASR hip implants include discomfort, pain, dislocation and other similar issues that have drastically affected the mobility of patients. Everyday tasks such as walking, climbing stairs and even sitting and standing have become problematic.

Pinnacle Devices Changed, ASR XL Acetabular System Recalled

Because of these problems, Johnson & Johnson withdrew the metal on metal version of the Pinnacle hip replacement from the market in 2013. But it still produces a similarly designed product, made without metal.

The Pinnacle product involving metal on metal components was on the market for several years, and widely used. Many patients who underwent total hip replacement surgeries may have the Pinnacle product, and some may not even know it. Different options were available so that surgeons could choose the best one for their patients. Some were ceramic or polyethylene, others were metal on metal; the metal on metal products are the ones causing the most problems.

The second Johnson & Johnson hip replacement product that is causing patients problems is the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System. It was recalled from the market in 2010 after five years on the market. The manufacturers, DePuy, cited a high failure rate for the devices.

Some patients may be simply enduring pain or having other problems that they do not attribute to a failure of their device. If you have a hip replacement and suspect it may be metal on metal, it is worthwhile to visit a physician for tests, specifically blood tests for elevated levels of chromium and cobalt in the bloodstream, and also to speak with an attorney.

Many patients are successfully suing Johnson & Johnson and DePuy and receiving damages for the pain, suffering and injury they’ve endured from these hip replacements. Some have gone on to have multiple hip replacement surgeries with none solving their problems. As anyone who has had surgery knows, surgery itself is time consuming, painful and expensive. You should not have to pay for multiple surgeries due to the failure of a company to properly test its products.

Protect Your Rights by Hiring an Experienced Lawyer

Medical device manufacturers who market defective products should pay for their decisions. The Kentucky defective drug and medical device injury attorneys of English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP have years of experience litigating pharmaceutical and medical device cases. If you have been harmed by a metal on metal hip replacement device, such as the DePuy Pinnacle or DePuy ASR hip replacement, call (270) 781-6500 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free case evaluation. We serve clients throughout Kentucky, as well as in the Nashville area and across Tennessee.

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