The Mulligan Law Firm is investigating defective knee replacement cases involving the DePuy Attune Knee Replacement System. People who’ve received this knee replacement have reported premature device failure, some happening within months of surgery.
Many reports of early failure related to a lack of bonding and loosening of the tibial baseplate, which can lead to serious pain, bone loss, or muscle damage. The failure of a DePuy Attune knee replacement often requires painful and invasive revision surgery, and some of the damage caused by these defective knee implants may be irreversible.
Lawsuits are being pursued for individuals who received certain knee implants used in recent years, which have been linked to reports of:
In most cases, the only medical solution for patients who experience a premature failure of their Attune Knee System is to undergo a revision surgery to remove the implant and replace it. These revision surgeries are often more painful and invasive than the initial replacement surgery.
The knee joint forms where the tibia or shinbone and fibula, which runs next to the tibia, meets with the femur or thighbone. The kneecap or patella, which is located on the front of the knee is supposed to move up and down against the femur. All of these bones are connected by muscles, ligaments, and cartilage that help provide the knee with mobility and stability. When a patient receives an implant, only the tibia, patella, and the femur are impacted. The damaged parts of the knee joint are removed and replaced by a prosthetic implant that is made of plastic, metal, or a combination of the two.
The Attune Knee System, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics, is one of the most popular knee replacement devices on the market. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010, the DePuy Attune Knee System was marketed as being able to provide patients with increased stability along with a better range of motion. However, some patients claim that the Attune knee replacement implants have not lived up to those expectations. In the years since its approval, the FDA has received numerous complaints from DePuy Attune patients who reported complications with their implant, including loosening of tibial components that necessitated painful and invasive revision or painful reconstructive surgeries.
An estimated 4.4 million Americans are living with an artificial knee implant device. In fact, the number of knee surgeries individuals are undergoing are on the rise in the United States and are projected to approach 3.5 million procedures per year by 2030. In many instances, patients end up needing knee replacements when other options like medication or orthotics have proved unsuccessful.
Following a total knee replacement (TKR), the new joint is typically expected to last about 20 years. However, several different types of knee implants introduced in recent years have been linked to higher-than-expected rates of complications, often leading to the need for risky revision surgery.
If you or a loved one have received a metal knee replacement, and require revision surgery, you are likely entitled to substantial compensation. Join other claimants who are taking a stand against the manufacturer. The Mulligan Law Firm can help you take the first step. Call The Mulligan Law Firm at 1-866-529-0001 now for a free case review.
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