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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Your Pinnacle Hip

DePuy Hip Replacement Attorney Explains What Your MD Should Tell You

At Kershaw, Cook & Talley, P.C., our attorneys represent hundreds of individuals who are struggling with the effects of defective Pinnacle hips. In preparing these cases, we have reviewed thousands of medical records and have spoken with numerous orthopedic surgeons. In doing so, we discovered alarming variations in the way orthopedic surgeons care for patients implanted with DePuy Pinnacle hips. Some surgeons are aggressive in their treatment and opt for revision surgery. However, others may err on the side of caution and closely monitor their patients instead of ordering surgery. These surgeons may administer repeat blood tests, X-rays, and physical examinations to monitor patients for metallosis. Perhaps most concerning, many surgeons do not have the most recent information regarding the science of cobalt and chromium toxicity, and the impact these metals can have on your body.

Therefore, for your convenience, our law firm compiled a list of questions that every metal-on-metal hip patient should ask their surgeon. This ensures your clinician is taking the appropriate steps necessary for your treatment if you have a DePuy Pinnacle hip. These questions also help you understand your doctor’s opinions with respect to your hip. We hope these questions are helpful. If you have any comments or concerns about your doctor’s answers to these questions, please feel free to contact a DePuy hip replacement attorney at (916) 520-6639 or fill out our contact form on the homepage.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Pinnacle Hip Implants

  1. What types of tests do you believe should be performed to make sure that metal ions from my DePuy Pinnacle hip are not causing tissue damage in my hip?
  2. Has my Pinnacle implant caused tissue damage to my hip? What types of complications can result from tissue damage?
  3. What types of things do you consider when deciding to recommend revision surgery?
  4. Should I be getting a blood test to determine the amount of cobalt and chromium in my blood? Are there any known risks associated with cobalt and chromium?
  5. How much cobalt and chromium in my blood is too much? Should I worry about any long-term health issues such as cancer, thyroid disorders, or heart issues?
  6. What do the most recent studies say about the health impacts of having high levels of chromium and cobalt in my body?
  7. What is your understanding of the revision rates for the DePuy Pinnacle hips?
  8. Do you think my Pinnacle hip is likely to fail in the future? If so, is there any reason to wait until the metal ions have caused damage to my hip before having surgery?
  9. If I do not have revision surgery, should I be getting blood tests for cobalt and chromium on a regular basis? How often should I get these blood tests?
  10. If I do not have revision surgery, should I be getting MRIs on a regular basis? If so, how often?
  11. What are the risks of having revision surgery for Pinnacle hips?
  12. What does revision surgery entail? Will you be removing all of the hardware of my Pinnacle implant?
  13. How many revision surgeries have you personally performed where the stem had to be removed?
  14. What is your complication rate with these surgeries?
  15. After revision surgery, will the physical therapy or rehabilitation differ from my first operation?
  16. Do I need to be more concerned about fracturing my femur during rehab since you are replacing the stem of my implant?
  17. In what percentage of the revision surgeries performed by you, were you able to remove the stem without fracturing the femur?
  18. What type of hip would you use to replace the DePuy Pinnacle? How long is the recovery period expected to be after revision surgery?

Are You Considering Filing a DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuit? Contact Us Now

It is essential to maintain records of any appointments, treatments, and expenses related to your DePuy Pinnacle hip implant (e.g. doctor appointments, physical therapy sessions, lost wages). Contact our law firm to speak with a DePuy hip revision attorney for more information regarding the ongoing lawsuit and your legal rights as it pertains to your situation.