Despite the size of this settlement, more than 4, lawsuits remain against the device manufacturer specifically attributed to the hip implants. These pending lawsuits include plaintiffs with hip implants not made entirely of metal and plaintiffs who have not yet had their implants surgically removed. Patients claimed that the implanted Pinnacle devices caused metal poisoning, allergic reactions, chronic pain, deep-vein thrombosis, tissue death, and other severe injuries. In , DePuy discontinued sales of the metal-on-metal implants following stricter artificial hip regulations laid down by the FDA. While the defective hip devices were removed from the market, many patients still lived with the implanted devices and continued to suffer from severe side effects.
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Cardiomyopathy heart muscle disease Revision and Tests If someone with a hip replacement is experiencing any of these symptoms, the first step is to consult with a doctor. Any one of the symptoms on the list above could indicate a failure of a hip implant, which could require further surgeries, called revisions, to correct.
There is a risk of further bone loss with each revision surgery. These tests include: Soft Tissue Imaging: Computer Tomography Scan CT scan Ultrasound Metal Ion Testing: Blood testing The metal ion testing may not be as accurate as any of the soft tissue imaging methods, because the blood sample could be contaminated with metal ions in the process of collecting and processing the sample. Risk of Hip Replacement Failure With every type of hip replacement, including the metal-on-metal, there is a risk of failure.
What Is Hip Replacement Failure? A hip replacement failure occurs either when the hip implant becomes dislocated from the pelvis or when the component parts of the hip implant are loosened from each other. A hip implant failure can be confirmed via X-ray by a doctor. Symptoms of a Hip Implant Failure While it may be more difficult at first to detect a complication such as metal ions entering the bloodstream, the symptoms of a hip replacement failure are usually more immediately obvious.
These symptoms usually involve difficulty walking or chronic pain in the affected hip joint. DePuy is currently facing lawsuits over defects in their PINNACLE hip that allege the company had produced a defective product that resulted in numerous failures requiring further surgeries that have a long, painful, and difficult recovery period for the patient. This failure caused tissue death and bone loss around the joint with the hip replacement, as well as other injuries, and necessitated revisions, or more surgeries to replace the hip implant.
The company won that case, but subsequent lawsuits have proven more successful for the plaintiffs. If you have a DePuy PINNACLE hip implant and have either experienced complications or have had to undergo revision surgery because the implant failed, you can ask yourself the following questions to determine whether or not you should sue: Did the failure cause pain and injury?
Did you have to undergo revision surgery to get a replacement implant? The consultation is completely free and there is no cost to you unless the case is successful. Co-counsel will be associated on these cases.
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