DePuy Pinnacle Hip

From 2002 to 2012, DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (J&J), manufactured metal-on-metal hip implants sold under the brand name Pinnacle hip with a metal liner (called the Ultamet metal liner). In many patients, the metal-on-metal version of the Pinnacle hip implant has failed.

In August 2010, J&J and DePuy recalled other DePuy metal hip implants, the ASR XL Acetabular and ASR Hip Resurfacing system, and a settlement program was created for patients with faulty ASR hip implants.In May 2013, DePuy announced that it was taking all of its metal hip implants off the market. To date, J&J and DePuy have not recalled the Pinnacle hip implant. The companies deny any legal or financial responsibility to patients who received Pinnacle metal implants and who have had had to undergo surgery to replace the defective artificial hip.

Common symptoms of a failing hip implant:

  • Pain in the groin, hip or leg;
  • Swelling at or near the hip joint; or
  • A limp or change in walking ability.