Maureen Bayles, a resident of Richmond, England, just to the west of London, told the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) Newsnight program that when she had to get her hips replaced in 2005, she was told that DePuy’s Pinnacle implants were the best way to go. But now, just a few years later, she is undergoing revision surgery to have the failed Pinnacle hip implants removed.
News for March, 2012
Hundreds of patients who have been implanted with a Pinnacle hip implant system made by DePuy Orthopaedics have filed complaints against the manufacturer, alleging the all-metal device is to blame for a multitude of injuries and illnesses. But unlike DePuy’s ASR XL Acetabular and Hip Resurfacing implants, two all-metal hip devices recalled by DePuy in 2010, no recall of the company’s Pinnacle system lies in sight.
Researchers who conducted studies on metal-on-metal hip implants are asking doctors to stop using the devices because they believe they are much more likely to need repair or replacement, and may leech toxic metals into patients’ bloodstreams. The study, funded by the National Joint Registry of England and Wales, was published online this week in The Lancet.
People who have received any metal-on-metal type of hip implant should be monitored every year for the rest of their lives in order to rule out possible complications, the United Kingdom’s Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced this week. The news comes on the heels of a report by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) that found problems with the all-metal artificial hips may have been known for years but nothing has been done to ban their use.
Great Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Tuesday advised recipients of certain high-risk all-metal hip implants, such as DePuy’s Pinnacle cup system, to be tested annually for the rest of their lives out of concern for illnesses and injuries the implants may cause.