The pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson could be facing a more costly problem than the $3 billion recall of its ASR all-metal artificial hips two years ago.
A replacement product to ASR, the Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip system, has nearly 1,600 lawsuits pending in U.S. courts. It is expected that more than 10 percent of the Pinnacle all-metal hips will have failed in the next two to three years.
Metal-on-metal hip implants were developed in the belief that they would be more durable than those made of other materials (i.e., polyethylene or ceramic). And it was hoped the metal-on-metal would function well for up to 15 years.
Since the FDA warning on these implants – fewer than 10% of all orthopedic surgeons are now using the metal-on-metal products.
For many patients, the issues with the Pinnacle metal-on-metal devices are identical to those issues produced by the ASR product: pain and swelling, limited mobility, and dislocation – in addition to metallosis caused by cobalt and chromium entering the bloodstreams of the patients receiving the implants.
Many doctors are refusing to use the metal-on-metal implants for fear of the metal poisoning alone.
RisCassi and Davis is currently helping dozens of patients who have received faulty hips replacements and we can help you if you are experiencing any problems with your hip replacement.
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