A PINNACLE® Acetabular Cup System Product Information Provided by DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.

Development Process

ULTAMET® Metal-on-Metal Articulation grew out of DePuy’s more than 40 years of experience designing and manufacturing hip implants. It was designed by DePuy scientists in conjunction with experienced orthopaedic surgeons and leaders in the biomedical field. DePuy was responding to a number of medical needs, including the need for an implant that would help address the problems of osteolysis, or bone loss, caused by polyethylene wear particles, dislocation, and the issues associated with more active total hip patients.

DePuy consulted leading scientists and practicing orthopaedic surgeons from around the world, who provided guidance on the issues and concerns they were facing with then-available bearing options and explored new technologies that would give surgeons and patients improved options for a replacement joint.