A Mobile, Alabama-based personal injury firm has filed a lawsuit against DePuy Synthes on behalf of a client who claims to have suffered significant injuries due to the premature failure of Attune Knee System implants.
The lawsuit was filed on September 13, 2017 in the Circuit Court of Tuscaloosa County.
Reports and complaints of an unusually high rate of early failure associated with the Attune Knee System have swirled for quite some time. But the lawsuit is believed to be the first of its kind filed in the United States.
Patients who have Attune Knee System implants that fail too soon may require painful and expensive corrective surgeries. If you were harmed by Attune Knee System implants that failed much sooner than expected, you may be entitled to compensation. Here's what you need to know.
About the DePuy Synthes Attune Knee System
The Attune Knee System is a comprehensive, integrated knee replacement solution manufactured by the orthopedics division of the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, DePuy Synthes. Developed using data obtained during the company's largest-ever research and development project, the Attune Knee System features a state-of-the-art design and proprietary technology that DePuy Synthes claimed could expand a patient's range of motion and improve stability.
DePuy Synthes gained approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin marketing the Attune Knee System in the United States in 2010. Because the Attune Knee System was approved through the FDA's fast-tracked 510(k) process, DePuy Synthes wasn't required to extensively test or conduct lengthy clinical trials on the product, as it was determined to be substantially similar to previously-approved knee replacement devices.
Doctors and Patients Report High Rates of Early Failure
The complaints against the DePuy Synthes Attune Knee System are beginning to mount. In 2017, the FDA received more than 230 adverse event reports related to the Attune Knee System, which detailed cases of premature implant failure that required surgical intervention.
That's not all. The high premature failure rate for the Attune Knee System was the subject of a recent study published in the June 2017 issue of the Journal of Knee Surgery. For the study, researchers examined FDA adverse event reports, as well as clinical, radiographic, and intraoperative findings for Attune Knee System patients who went on to require revision or reconstructive surgery.
According to the nine prominent orthopedic surgeons featured in the study, the Attune Knee System's unusually high-rate of premature failure appears to be related to insufficient bonding of the tibial implant-cement interface, which results in the loosening and destabilization of the prosthesis.
Attune Knee System Complications Often Require Surgical Intervention
A DePuy Synthes Attune Knee System implant that's loosened or failed can cause a wide range of uncomfortable to debilitating side effects, such as:
- Swollen knee joints
- Persistent pain
- Inflammation, redness, or infection at the surgical site
- Warmth or stiffness in the affected knee(s)
- Feelings of instability
- Clicking or grinding sounds when walking
- Decreased range of motion
Unfortunately for most patients, ameliorating these symptoms requires a revision surgery to remove and replace the faulty implant. However, a failed implant—or even the process to replace it—can damage the bone at the surgical site. When this happens, patients may require reconstructive and revision surgeries, both of which can be more painful and more invasive than the initial knee replacement.
Do You Need Help Pursuing a DePuy Synthes Attune Knee System Lawsuit?
If your Attune Knee System implant failed prematurely and requires painful, invasive, and expensive revision or reconstructive surgeries, you may be eligible to seek compensation for damages.
McGartland Law Firm's award-winning legal team can help you pursue financial recovery for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your potential Attune Knee System lawsuit with a legal professional.