Many patients who underwent total knee replacement surgery and received DePuy Attune Knee System implants hoped that the highly-touted prostheses would relieve the pain in their joints and restore at least some of the mobility they lost to injury, excessive wear, or arthritis. Unfortunately, for some patients with the Attune Knee System, that hasn't been the case.
Patients reporting early failure of their DePuy Attune Knee System implants also report many of the same symptoms they experienced before their knee replacement surgery, such as pain, reduced mobility, and instability.
However, despite reports linking these implants to a higher-than-normal rate of failure and complaints of other adverse events, as of August 2017, neither the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the manufacturer, DePuy Orthopaedics, has issued a recall for the Attune Knee System.
If you were injured by the DePuy Attune Knee System or experienced premature failure of your implants that necessitated painful and invasive revision or reconstruction surgery, you may be eligible to seek compensation for damages.
About DePuy's Attune Knee System
Approved by the FDA in 2010, based on its similarity to other knee replacement devices already on the market, the Attune Knee System was developed by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics. This approval was based on information obtained in the company's largest ever research and development project.
The state-of-the-art, integrated knee replacement system claims to provide improved stability and increase the patient's range of motion, and is available in both bearing and rotating platform models.
Attune Knee Side Effects and Complications
While Attune Knee System implants have helped some knee replacement patients regain their mobility, not everyone has had great experiences with the devices. Some patients report feeling joint pain and stiffness similar to what they endured before knee replacement surgery, while others are forced to live through a wide range of side effects associated with the premature failure of these implants.
Patients who are having trouble with their implants but are unsure if what they're going through signals device failure should talk to their doctor, consult an attorney, and watch for the following symptoms:
- Extreme joint stiffness
- Constant or throbbing pain in the knee joint
- Joint instability
- Redness at the surgical site
- A warm feeling in the knee joint
- Loosening of the implant
- Dislocation or dissociation of the implant
- Clicking or grinding sounds when walking or bending the knees
- Reduce mobility or immobility
Patients with failed Attune Knee implants may need additional surgeries to repair or replace the prostheses. Known as revision and reconstruction surgeries, these procedures tend to be more painful, more invasive and require a longer period of recovery than the initial knee replacement.
Past DePuy Recalls
Although DePuy Orthopaedics has yet to recall the Attune Knee System, the company recalled problematic products in the past. For example, in 2010, DePuy voluntarily recalled the ASR® Hip System after a joint replacement registry in the United Kingdom reported that percentage of patients requiring revision surgeries was higher than previously thought.
Additionally, in 2016, the company recalled the Adaptor and Light Adaptor SBD and SBD II for their DePuy Synthes® Power Tool systems after discovering that the battery adapters had the potential to explode.
Were You Harmed by the Attune Knee System?
If your DePuy Attune Knee System implants failed within just a few years of your initial knee replacement surgery, requiring you to undergo painful additional surgeries, you may be eligible for compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and other damages.
If you have questions or aren't sure you have a case, the legal team with McGartland Law is happy to address any concern you might have. Contact McGartland Law today to schedule an appointment for a free, no-obligation initial case consultation.