The Attune Knee lawsuit claims the medical device is defectively designed so that its surgical glue will not properly hold the device to a patient’s tibia bone. This causes early failure, immense pain, and loss of mobility.
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.
The failure is occurring because the medical device was designed with too smooth a surface. Therefore, the medical glue had difficulty holding the Attune Knee to a patient’s tibia bone. Testing shows the Attune Knee is 75% smoother than other knee replacement prosthetics. This negligent design has injured many people. The medical device comes loose from the patient’s tibia bone. Then, the patient experiences extreme pain and limited mobility. A knee replacement should last 12-20 years. However, patients with the Attune Knee have their knees fail within two years after surgery.
Signs of an Attune Knee Failure
A total knee replacement is a major surgical procedure. The orthopedic surgeon removes the damaged knee joint and replaces it with a prosthetic joint, usually made from metal, ceramic, or plastic. The ends of the thigh bone and tibia, the lower leg, are removed and cut to shape to receive the implant. Then, the surgeon uses a special type of adhesive cement to keep the knee replacement in place. The failure of this adhesion process is the primary issue behind the alarming failure rate of the DePuy Attune system.
Signs of knee failure are:
- Blood clots
- Loss of mobility
- Nerve damage
- Warmth in the knee
- Bone loss
- Inflammation and swelling
- Loosening of the joint
- Loss of range of motion
- Persistent pain
If Your Depuy Attune Knee Replacement Failed
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 recall 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.
Speak to an Attorney Today
The FDA estimates doctors implanted over 4,000 people with Biomet’s faulty shoulder replacement device. If you or a loved one had a device fracture after your shoulder surgery, you need an attorney with experience helping people harmed by big corporations. The attorneys at the Michael Brady Lynch Firm know what it takes to go up against these manufacturers to get clients what they need.
How We Can Help
When you experience side effects, it can have devastating effects on your entire life. In fact, you may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and damages. The types of losses that can be recovered include:
Furthermore, if a person dies from complications, family members may be able to recover damages for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses prior to death
- Loss of economic support; and
- Loss of companionship
Also, if a suit finds the conduct of a company in manufacturing and selling a product to be highly reckless, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the company and deter similar conduct in the future. If your Depuy Attune Knee replacement became unglued from your tibia, please speak to us to learn more about your rights.
Case evaluations are free of cost and without obligation. Therefore, call us today at (877) 513-9517 or contact us online to speak with an attorney about your options. We may be able to get you the help you need.