All-metal hip implants have been under fire in recent years for their dangerous
and defective designs. In particular,
all-metal hip implants have been thought to release dangerously high levels of toxic metals into
the bloodstream and surrounding tissue. These metals can permanently damage
the hip joint, bone, tissue, and surrounding ligaments. In addition, all-metal
hip implants have a significantly higher premature failure rate, forcing
patients to undergo costly, and painful revision surgeries.
A new study released in the Journal of Bone and Joint has shed additional
light on the dangers of
metallosis and all-metal hip implants, particularly the DePuy Pinnacle model. The
study compared metal ion levels in patients who received all metal hip
implants over a 5-year period. Their results showed that the all-metal
hip implant recipients had significantly higher levels of chromium and
cobalt in their blood compared to those patients who received the metal-on-polyethylene
Even with this new research and the FDA warnings regarding all metal or
metal-on-metal hip implants, DePuy still has not recalled their popular
Pinnacle model. They did, however, suspend sales of the device in 2013
amidst growing concerns.
While DePuy faces thousands of individual lawsuits citing pain, implant
failure, joint instability, pseudotumors, and metallosis, other hip implant
manufacturers are facing their own legal troubles. These manufacturers
include Biomet, Smith & Nephew, Wright Medical, Zimmer Holdings, and Stryker.
If you or someone you love has experienced hip pain, joint instability,
bone loss, revision surgery, decreased mobility, tissue death, metallosis,
or other medical complications after receiving an all-metal hip implant,
it is important to have your case reviewed by a Fort Lauderdale personal
injury attorney. You may be able to take part in the multi-district litigation
that is currently pending across the country.