Knee Replacement Procedures
Knee replacement surgery is a common orthopedic procedure used to relieve pain, give back lost mobility and return you to your normal activities. Also known as arthroplasty, it is typically considered after noninvasive methods (i.e., physical therapy, medication to relieve inflammation, use of assistive devices) have failed.
In a total knee replacement, the damaged surfaces of the knee joint are removed and replaced by a prosthetic implant made of metal, plastic or a combination of the two.
The DePuy Synthes Attune© Knee Implant System is one medical device used in these surgeries; however, it is failing prematurely.
Attune Knee Implant System
The Attune Knee Implant System is manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. It was first approved by the FDA in 2013 and is marketed as providing patients with increased stability and a better range of motion. It is one of DePuy’s most popular and widely used knee replacement devices.
However, since its approval, the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System has received numerous complaints from patients who reported complications with the device necessitating revision or reconstructive surgeries. One of the most common issues is that the tibial plate loosened or was not properly fixed to the tibia.
While complaints to the FDA are on the rise, no recall has been made of the Attune system.
Our knowledgeable staff is available at (877) 284-6600.
What is the Problem?
Patients are reporting early failure of the Attune Knee Implant System, less than a year or two (some occurring within months) of the surgery rather than the expected 15 years.
Many of these failures involve the loosening of the tibial plate. This unexpected loosening causes extreme pain, swelling and potentially other complications (such as bone loss, muscle damage, nerve damage, infection) that may result in revision surgery.
Besides revision surgery, Attune Knee System complications may include:
- Instability and loosening. When you stand or put weight on your knee, it may “give” out or move backwards or sideways.
- Heat or warmth in the knee
- Swelling around the knee joint
- Joint pain
- Device dislocation
- Decreased range of motion
- Popping, crunching or clicking sounds
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Legal Expertise for Knee Replacement Litigation
When a knee replacement prematurely fails, patients can face infections, painful revision surgery and extensive rehabilitation. Revision surgeries are typically more difficult than the initial knee replacement surgery, especially if bone loss has developed as a result of the device.
Defective joint replacement lawsuits are often complicated. You need experienced attorneys who know how to navigate the system, the ins-and-outs of medical lawsuits, and hip and knee litigation.
The highly experienced attorneys at Nash & Franciskato have a long track record of successfully litigating defective orthopedic cases. We can help you recover expenses such as:
- Hospital bills
- Long-term medical care
- Revision surgery
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages due to the inability to work
- Future loss of earnings
- Permanent disability
We are a leading national law firm in the area of joint replacement litigation. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling hip and knee replacement lawsuits, obtaining over $50 million in Collective Settlements involving defective knee and hip replacements.
Receive a Free Evaluation from Experienced Knee Replacement Attorneys
If you were implanted with a defective DePuy Attune Knee Implant System that requires revision surgery, contact us today for a free, no obligation case evaluation. The Nash & Franciskato legal team is actively investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of patients who received this device.