Attune Knee Replacements
The largest joint in our body is our knee, which also carries our full weight with each step we take. If it's not functioning properly, an artificial knee replacement can help increase your range of movement, decrease pain, and allow you to live an active, healthier, and quality life. This is the reason why knee replacement surgeries need the consent of the patients. However, when these components work as promised, your life can be turned upside down. There are artificial knee implants out there such as the DePuy Attune Knee Replacement that have been linked to a restricted range of movement, instability, pain, and unanticipated failures that can lead to additional, unplanned surgeries.About Attune Knee Replacement System
Advertised to have patented technologies, the Attune Knee Replacement guarantees patients that their range of motion will improve and will have a stable knee in no time. However, there have been numerous reports filed at the US FDA in the past few months against DePuy stating that patients who have received the Attune Knee Replacement System suffered destabilization on their knees and have to undergo painful surgeries to reverse the premature failures of the device. More than 1,500 reports have already been accumulated, and the FDA investigation reveals that there is a defect in the design of the system. Patients who went through experiencing these adverse failures and effects are looking for justice and financial compensation for the injuries they sustained.Why did Attune Knee Replacement Fail?
When a patient goes through a knee replacement surgery, implant materials are cemented by surgeons to the current bone surrounding his knee. The cement which is specially designed to hold the implant and the natural bone in place is extremely hard. There are times when these artificial materials have a texture similar to sandpaper and rough to the touch which enhances adhesion.
However, the Attune Knee Replacement utilizes a material that's much smoother compared to other knee replacement systems. This may result in increasing the implant's risk to loosen and break away from the patient's natural bone. There are also cases of patients who obtained the device experience swelling and pain right after their surgeries. When the area was reopened by their doctors, they found out that the Attune Knee system was detached altogether.Premature Failures and Malfunctions Associated With Attune Knee Replacements
Johnson & Johnson, which is a DePuy subsidiary, manufactures the Attune Knee devices. They are promoted and marketed to be more stable than other brands in the market. A number of patients have reported that they've experienced device failures and malfunctions a few months following implantation which include:
- Device loosening
- Broken or cracked components
- Device or bone fractures
As mentioned above, patients reported that they have to undergo forced and unplanned surgeries in order to remove the device after it either became unstable, broke, or loosened. There are even reports that some patients require multiple revision surgeries on the same knee.What are the Symptoms of a Failed Attune Knee Implant?
The Attune Knee System has been associated with numerous failures. For this reason, any patient with an artificial knee should be aware of the following symptoms when the device fails, loosen, or break:
- Throbbing pain when moving the knee.
- Nerve or localized muscle damage.
- The joint or the area surrounding the implant will acquire an infection.
- Knee joint will experience swelling or inflammation after you've fully recovered.
- Knee instability.
- There will be redness surrounding your joint.
- A decrease in your range of motion.
- Loosening or dislocation of the device.
- There will be bone fractures surrounding your implant.
Once you've felt or experienced any of these symptoms and complications, have your knees assessed by your primary doctor or orthopedic doctor right away. If the Attune Knee Replacement is found to have failed, contact an expert attorney to help you with your case.Hiring an Attune Knee Replacement Lawyer
Any patient who has received the Attune Knee Replacement device should expect that it will fail in the future. However, keep in mind that receiving it on its own is not grounds for a lawsuit. There are cases when patients will not experience the adverse effects for 15, and even 20 years. Still, there are those who will not experience the debonding symptoms at all. But if you're one of the individuals experiencing the complications listed above, you are likely to be eligible to file a lawsuit against DePuy.
If you've undergone an Attune Knee Implant surgery, pay close attention to any discomfort, swelling, pain, or inflammation in your knees. Never ignore and let these things go unchecked to prevent the underlying injury from becoming severe. Visit your doctor and ask for his opinion on what's causing the problems and if there's a need to go through another surgery.
If the complications are found to be caused by the device, consider consulting with an attorney. The laws on the statute of limitation involving defective device cases can make legal actions urgent.
Dealing with a major company like DePuy and holding them responsible and accountable for your sufferings can only be done with the help of a legal team. Do not be one of the victims that were unable to proceed with their claims just because they've run out of their statute of limitations. The Jackman Law Firm can help you achieve money for your medical bills, lost wages, if applicable, out of pocket expenses, and pain and suffering. Call us for a free consultation.