In the typical hip replacement surgery, the cartilage and bone in the hip joint are replaced with a synthetic device designed to replicate the ball-and-socket nature of a normal hip joint. The top of the thighbone is replaced with a metal stem that has a ball attached at the end. This ball is designed to fit into the hip socket, which is lined with a plastic cup. In recent years, companies have sought ways to market their hip replacement systems to younger patients who desire a more durable system to help maintain an active lifestyle. The result of this focus on durability is the metal-on-metal hip replacement system, which utilizes a metal cup rather than the typical plastic one.
There is a newly discovered alleged risk inherent in such metal-on-metal devices as the DePuy Pinnacle: metal toxicity. This issue may occur when the metal-on-metal nature of the device causes metal particles to flake off and embed themselves in the patient’s tissue.
The usual signs of metal toxicity are disorientation and a feeling of malaise or depression. Other general signs of illness such as headaches or dizziness may also indicate the ailment. These symptoms are not very well defined and the way metal toxicity affects patients will vary, so it is important that you are aware of the signs if you have a metal-on-metal hip replacement system, and that you go see a doctor at the first indication.
Too many people that have undergone hip replacement surgery are not even aware of the model of hip replacement device they received. This is dangerous considering each device carries varying risks, and if the recipient of a device is not aware of the risks, then there is no way she can protect her health or her rights. If you have received a hip replacement device, it is important that you maintain constant communication with your doctor regarding such risks.
Though there has yet to be a DePuy Pinnacle recall, there may be one in the future if complaints continue to build. The attorneys at the Rottenstein Law Group have the experience and the knowledge to help you navigate your potential Pinnacle claim. If you would like a free consultation with RLG, please fill out this brief contact form or call 1 (888) 976-8529.