At Parker Waichman LLP, our attorneys have been investigating claims regarding defective DePuy Attune Knee Replacement Systems
This system is a medical device that was designed by DePuy Synthes to improve range of motion and stability in patients who undergo knee replacement surgery.
However, while the device was intended to improve the quality of life in patients needing knee replacements, it has also been associated with complaints from recipients of the implant:
- Device failure
- Loosening of the device
- Difficulty walking
- And in some instances, the need for invasive revision or reconstructive surgery.
If you or someone you know has been the recipient of a DePuy Attune knee implant, and you’ve since suffered pain, swelling, or other complications, it is important that you consult with an experienced DePuy Attune Knee Replacement Lawyer as soon as possible as you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
At Parker Waichman LLP, our knowledgeable lawyers always strive to obtain the best possible results in every case so call us today at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) to find out what we can do for you.
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Why Knee Replacement?
Knee replacement surgery is a common orthopedic procedure that is utilized to relieve pain in patients whose knees have been damaged due to severe injury, debilitating arthritis, or excessive wear and tear.
In fact, the number of knee surgeries individuals are undergoing are on the rise in the United States and are projected to approach 3.5 million procedures per year by 2030. In many instances, patients end up needing knee replacements when other options like medication or orthotics have proved unsuccessful.
The Basics of a Knee Replacement
The knee joint forms where the tibia or shinbone and fibula, which runs next to the tibia, meets with the femur or thighbone. The kneecap or patella, which is located on the front of the knee is supposed to move up and down against the femur. All of these bones are connected by muscles, ligaments, and cartilage that help provide the knee with mobility and stability. When a patient receives an implant, only the tibia, patella, and the femur are impacted. The damaged parts of the knee joint are removed and replaced by a prosthetic implant that is made of plastic, metal, or a combination of the two.
FDA Approval of the Attune Knee System
DePuy Synthes, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson manufactures the Attune Knee Replacement System, and it is considered one of the more popular knee replacement devices that are available on the market. The system is designed to work together with the knee joint and its surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments. In 2010, the Food and Drug Administration approved the Attune Knee System, which was thought to increase a patient’s range of motion and stability.
Unfortunately, this DePuy knee replacement device has failed to live up to these expectations and instead, numerous individuals have complained about complications associated with the device, including pain and swelling, loosening of the tibial components, and the need for invasive and painful reconstructive or revision surgeries.
Common Attune Knee Replacement Defect: Tibial Loosening
Many patients who have received a DePuy Attune Knee Replacement have reported that they’ve experienced tibial loosening after their knee replacement surgery. In some instances, the loosening has led to a complete failure of the knee replacement because the bond between the device and the bone falls apart completely. The loosening has been said to occur within the first couple of years after surgery, but others report that it happens in as little as one or two months following surgery.
It is not unusual for patients to be misdiagnosed or not evaluated for tibial loosening. Oftentimes, patients are not diagnosed with loosening right away because when they’re x-rayed, it is difficult or nearly impossible to identify the failed cement bond between the knee component and the bone. This is due in part to the fact that when most x-rays occur, a patient is sitting still, rather than engaging in a walking motion where the way the knee moves might reveal the lack of bond.
Symptoms Associated with a Failed DePuy Attune Knee Replacement
You might be asking, how do know whether my DePuy Attune Knee Replacement has failed? Some of the signs and symptoms associated with an unsuccessful knee replacement include:
Persistent or Constant Pain.
If you are experiencing persistent or constant pain or throbbing while your knee is in motion, it is possible that you might be suffering from a failed knee implant.
If the lining in your knee is inflamed, fluid may build up which can feel like swelling. This can also be an indication that your knee implant is failing.
Heat or Warmth in Your Knee.
Typically, your knee will feel hot or warm for a few months after surgery, but if the sensation returns, it could be that your knee implant has failed.
Loosening or Instability.
If your knee is feeling unstable when you stand up or put weight on it, or if your knee is moving sideways or backward when it wasn’t before, it might be that your implant has failed.
While initially, it might take some time to get used to using a new implant, if you are having trouble walking after receiving a DePuy Attune Knee Replacement for a lengthy period of time following your surgery, it may be a sign that your implant is failing.
Injuries Associated With a Failed DePuy Attune Knee Replacement
While the symptoms of a failed knee implant are already difficult to deal with, defective knee implants can also lead to other serious injuries, including:
- Tissue Damage
- Bone Loss
- Metal Shredding Debris
- Nerve Damage
- Bone Fracture
Corrective Surgery to Fix a Failed Knee Implant
In addition, in most cases, the only way to fix a failed implant is to have the patient undergo painful, complex, and invasive corrective surgery. This revision surgery can be particularly complicated when tissue damage or bone loss has already begun to occur.
If the knee implant severely damages the surrounding bone, a patient might need reconstructive surgery. What this means is that the knee requires a complete rebuild before a replacement device can be implanted.
Even if a patient’s corrective or reconstructive surgery is successful and/or effective, it is possible that that patient’s comfort will never be restored fully or that they will ever be able to experience the stability and range of motion they were promised initially.
Possible Complications of Revision or Reconstructive Surgery
Moreover, it is important to note that as with any surgery, there is a risk of complications during a revision or reconstructive surgery, including:
- Blood Clots
- Infection in the Wound or New Knee Implant
- Bone Fracture from Surgery
- Poor Wound Healing
- Stroke, Heart Attack, or other Complications
DePuy Attune Knee Replacement Claims FAQs
Q: What is wrong with the Attune Knee Replacement System?
A: Some patients are reporting system failure which might involve loosening of the tibial plate. This loosening can cause swelling, extreme plain, and potentially other serious complications.
Q: What is the rate of failure with the Attune Knee Replacement System?
A: Most knee replacement systems that are available on the market today are expected to last for up to twenty years. However, some patients who have received the DePuy Attune device have reported failures occurring much sooner. Some patients claim the device failed within a year or two after their initial surgery, but others have reported that it occurred in just a month or two following surgery.
Q: Is there a DePuy Attune Knee Replacement System recall?
A: While there has not been a recall of the DePuy Attune Knee Replacement System, DePuy Synthes has encountered issues with its knee replacement system in the past. Between 2003 and 2013, the company issued a recall on nearly three hundred knee replacement components or devices, which is more than any other knee implant manufacturer. Some of these recalls were labeled as Class I recalls meaning that there was a reasonably probability that using the device would cause serious adverse health consequences or death. Since 2013, the FDA’s database reveals that DePuy has issued at least seven recalls of knee device-related components or surgical tools. However, there isn’t an open recall on the DePuy Attune Knee Replacement System even though complaints made to the Food and Drug Administration have increased.
Q: Can I file a DePuy Attune Knee Replacement lawsuit?
A: If you or a loved one knows or believes that you are suffering from tibial loosening or other complications associated with you DePuy Attune Knee Replacement device, it is imperative that you contact an experienced DePuy Attune Knee Replacement Lawyer at Parker Waichman LLP, right away as you may be entitled to compensation. We offer free initial case evaluations so call us today to discuss your case.
Q: How long do I have to file a claim regarding my defective DePuy Attune Knee Replacement?
A: The time limit for filing a claim will depend on the state in which you file. For example, if your injury occurred in the State of New York, you will likely have three years from the date of the injury to file your claim. To determine the amount of time you have to file a claim, you should seriously consider talking to an experienced lawyer in order to protect your rights to compensation.
Q: How can a personal injury lawyer help me?
A: When it comes to personal injury or products liability matters, many cases can be extremely complicated. Investigations or expert witnesses might be necessary, significant evidence might be required, and there can be strict deadlines and an enormous amount of paperwork. Knowledgeable and skilled lawyers also have the ability to work with insurers or opposing counsel while still aggressively advocating on your behalf. An experienced lawyer can assist you with all aspects of the claim process, not just with filing a lawsuit.
Q: What kind of compensation might I be entitled to if I can establish that my DePuy Attune Knee System has failed?
A: If you’ve suffered an injury as a result of a DePuy Attune Knee Replacement implant, you might be eligible for compensation for your medical expenses, any lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. An experienced DePuy Attune Knee Replacement Attorney can discuss your rights and your legal options with you and help you determine what your case might be worth.
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