Is Premature Failure a Risk With the DePuy Attune Knee Implant?
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of John Romano with Romano Law Group.
The DePuy Attune knee system is a total knee replacement implant that has come under criticism after patients who received the implant reported early failures of the device requiring revision surgeries. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received hundreds of complaints about the DePuy Attune knee system, and although it has not been recalled, the implant is currently being investigated by product liability experts and medical professionals around the country to determine whether or not the system is reasonably safe for arthroplasty procedures or not.
The DePuy Attune knee system is typically used in total knee arthroplasty.
Knee arthroplasty is the procedure in which damaged bone on and around the knee joint is removed, and a substitute knee is implanted. This procedure can reduce or eliminate joint pain for the patient and typically restores mobility to them that might have previously been lost due to joint damage. The Attune knee implant in particular is made from both metal (Cobalt-Chromium-Molybdenum alloy) and plastic (polyethylene formula) parts, not unlike similar implants. However, unlike some other knee implants, hundreds of reports have been submitted regarding early failure of the DePuy Attune knee system. Part of the problem is thought to be with the cement used to bond the implant to the bone, although the surrounding bone and implant itself may also fracture.
According to DrugWatch, tibial loosening is one of the biggest problems with the Attune knee implant.
Tibial loosening can lead to dislocation of the knee, which occurs when the plate attached to a lower leg bone becomes loose. Other reported problems with the implant include fractures of the device inside the body as well as fractures of the bone the device is attached to, as well as excessive premature wear and tear. Swelling and pain around the knee, instability, and unusual movement backwards or sideways could indicate that the knee implant has failed or is failing. When this is the case, patients need to contact their doctor and schedule an appointment as soon as possible to have the implant inspected and schedule a repair or replacement surgery if necessary.
Lawsuits are already in motion regarding the DePuy Attune knee system.
Patients who have suffered from tibial loosening, early failure, and the need for revision surgery have already begun filing claims against the manufacturer. Surgeries are expensive and the pain and recovery time associated with those surgeries are no less significant. Whenever someone suffers unnecessary physical pain or financial loss due to a product that could be defective, it’s important to reach out to a product liability attorney to investigate your situation and learn about your options for recovery. In the case of the DePuy knee system, recovery could include compensation for medical bills, a replacement knee, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
To learn more about the DePuy Attune knee system or to discuss your case, reach out to a product liability attorney in your area.