Attune® Knee Replacements
As people age, the risk of developing wear and tear on the joints increases. Debilitating osteoarthritis, in addition to some types of injuries, can cause severe knee pain that limits everyday activities. Physicians may recommend total or partial knee replacement surgeries to improve motion, stability, and quality of life.
About the Attune® Knee System
During a knee replacement surgery, impaired joints are replaced and resurfaced with artificial implants. The Attune® Knee System is one of the more popular devices available. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2010, the Attune® Knee System was once considered a state-of-the-art solution.
More than 500,000 patients have been implanted with the Attune® Knee System. For some, the device has been associated with severe complications, including pain, swelling, and loosening of tibial components.
Knee Replacement Complications
Attune® Knee replacements may fail and cause complications, potentially requiring costly invasive revision surgeries.
Potential complications include:
- Difficulty Walking
- Tissue Damage
- Bone Loss
Knee Replacement Complications: Tibial Loosening
A study, published in the Journal of Knee Surgery in June 2017, found an unusually high failure rate associated with the Attune® Knee System. Tibial loosening, which affects the device’s cement bondage to the bone, may develop within a few months or two years.
Loosening, attributed to design flaws, can lead to complete device failure. Because it’s hard to identify failed bondage during an x-ray, patients are often misdiagnosed or receive a delayed diagnosis.
Knee Replacement Revision Surgeries
Knee replacements are intended to last a minimum of 15 years, though they may last more than 20 years. In some cases, artificial joints wear out. Patients may receive a defective implant or experience a serious complication, requiring invasive follow-up procedures and revision surgeries.
Once complications are identified, patients may require a revision surgery. Some patients require revision surgeries within one to two years. Revision surgeries are more complicated than the original procedure, and hospital stays are often longer.
Knee Replacement Recalls
DePuy Synthes, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, manufactures the Attune® Knee System. In November 2014 and June 2015, DePuy Synthes recalled thousands of models due to design flaws that allowed device components to detach or fracture, leaving pieces inside the patient.
Knee Replacement Lawsuits & Settlements
Johnson Law Group defends the rights of people seeking knee replacement compensation. If you are one of the thousands of individuals who developed complications from a knee replacement implant, you should seek legal advice immediately.
Protect your rights. Contact Johnson Law Group for a free consultation to learn more about compensation eligibility today.