According to the FDA, the Attune knee failure affects 13% of all knee replacement surgeries. However, many think this is a low estimate since not everyone reports failure. Plus, those that need an additional knee replacement can have future complications that can affect their earning potential for their entire lives.
About Depuy Attune Knee Replacement
The DePuy Attune Knee system is a total knee replacement implant. DePuy also manufactures an Attune model for revision knee replacement surgery. DePuy designed the Attune knee to improve stability and motion. DePuy’s rotating platform design is intended to reduce stress and wear on the implant. The DePuy Attune knee hit the U.S. market in 2011. In March 2014, DePuy Synthes announced two new technologies for Attune.
One had a rotating platform design. The other had an anatomic patella. This would replace the natural kneecap. DePuy claimed that the upgrades would improve range of motion and reduce implant wear. However, the Attune Knee Systems began failing at high rates.
An Attune Knee Failure Is Costly
Most people receive knee replacement surgery when they are in their 50s, however, younger people can receive them too. Plus, often knee revision surgery is usually not as successful as the initial replacement. It takes longer to recover and is more painful. Some people report needing at least 6 months off from work before returning. Since many people took time off to get the surgery in the first place and now need additional time off, many have lost their jobs. If younger, this could lead to years of loss of income.
It isn’t just the individual losing income, but the society as well. According to one study, individuals could save nearly $19,000 if their total knee replacement goes well. This equals almost $12 billion in savings to the general population. But, this number plummets when the knee replacement fails. Scarily, there is a 10-30% chance of receiving this knee system. Plus, studies show more Americans are needing knee replacements. In fact, the number of patients between the age of 45 and 64 rose by 188%. These are key working years.
Recover Your Cost
If you had the Depuy Attune Knee replacement, and your device unglued from your tibia, contact us today. We will reach out to your doctor and find out if you have the device. Patients harmed by this device may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, wages lost and other damages. Contact us today for a free consultation. We have over 20 years helping injured consumers receive multi-million dollar awards for their injuries.