DePuy Attune Knee Replacement Injuries
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Knee replacements are supposed to provide a degree of quality of life for people with serious knee issues or injuries. But in the case of the DePuy Synthes Attune Knee Replacement System, this defective medical device has been shown to actually contribute to pain and injury many patients.
DePuy Synthes, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has encountered numerous problems with its knee replacement devices over the years. If you or a loved one needed to have revision surgery or experienced other health problems due to this device, the experienced attorneys at Dean Waite & Associates can help.
Health risks of Attune knee replacements
The problem with the Attune knee replacement usually results from loosening following total knee replacement surgery. In severe cases, loosening can cause the bond between the bone and knee component to fall apart completely. As you might imagine – if you haven’t experienced it yourself – having your knee fall apart is excruciatingly painful. And even if the loosening doesn’t lead to complete disassociation, failed knee implants can cause throbbing, persistent and seemingly incurable pain, or sharp and acute pain while walking – a serious problem when the whole purpose of the implant is to allow you to walk normally.
In addition to pain, other health issues associated with this defective medical device include:
- Knee instability – the knee juts forward or to the side
- Swelling, potentially causing loss of mobility
- Throbbing discomfort caused by warmth or heat in the knee
- Bone loss
- Tissue damage
- Bone fracture
In most cases, revision surgery is needed to correct these issues and restore proper knee function. Revision surgery is typically more complex, invasive and painful than the original knee replacement, and it carries significant risk of complications. And even if your revision surgery goes well, it may not fully restore comfort or provide the level of knee function you were originally promised.
Multiple recalls have been issued for DePuy knee products
DePuy Synthes has been well aware of issues with its knee implant devices. Between 2002 and 2013, a whopping 277 DePuy knee implant devices and components were recalled by the manufacturer, including four, Class I recalls – meaning the product is associated with serious or fatal adverse health consequences. And in 2015, a Class II recall was issued for the Attune Articulation Surface due to findings that a spring coil could break off and enter a surgical site.
Although there is currently no active recall for DePuy Attune knee replacement products, complaints are on the rise. Patients around the country are reaching out to attorneys and government agencies with their concerns about this dangerous medical device.
Know your legal rights. Don’t hesitate, call Dean Waite
Revision surgery is expensive, painful and can lead to complications. The symptoms of a faulty knee replacement can have a huge impact on your quality of life. You deserve compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other losses you sustained as a result of this defective medical device.
Dean Waite & Associates is presently reviewing DePuy Attune Knee Replacement cases on behalf of patients in Mobile and throughout Alabama. If you’re a victim of this product, don’t hesitate. Call us today at 251-265-1000 to schedule your free consultation.