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In recent months, DePuy Synthes, medical device manufacturers, has documented dozens of premature failures of their Attune Knee System resulting in destabilization of knee replacements and subsequent painful revision surgeries.

If you recently underwent an unsuccessful knee replacement surgery using the Attune Knee System, reach out to our Louisville dangerous medical device attorneys for help. Our team at Meinhart, Smith & Manning, PLLC can offer unique insight into your legal options and help you fight back against major corporations. Together we can not only argue for just financial compensation, but also ensure negligent companies are held accountable.

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The DePuy Attune Knee Implant

The DePuy Synthes Attune Primary Total Knee System was designed to be used as a total replacement system of the knee for patients who have severely painful or disabled knee joints.

The manufacturer of the device, DePuy Synthes, claims their knee replacement system was designed to improve the functional outcome for patients undergoing knee replacement surgeries. It is supposed to be a solution for patients who need knee replacements stemming from:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Post-traumatic arthritis
  • Previous implant failure

DePuy Synthes also boasted the new system was a direct outcome of the company’s most largest research project to date.

Risks of the Attune Knee Implant

Based on reports from patients who have received the Attune Knee Implant, risks include:

  • Nerve damage
  • Infection
  • Joint pain
  • Heat in the knee
  • Loosening of the implant
  • Swelling of the area around the replaced joint
  • Instability of the implant
  • Fracture of the knee implant components
  • Fracture of the tibia
  • Fracture of the femur
  • Dislocation of the device

Current lawsuits claim there are thousands of people who were forced to endure painful revision surgeries to have their defective devices removed and replaced.

Depuy Knee Implant Recall

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received extensive reports regarding the failure of DePuy Attune knee replacements.

The Journal of Knee Surgery published research showing that the Attune knee implant system had a high rate of premature failure and loosening of the tibial component. This research highlighted the concerns regarding the safety of the implant-cement interface.

The FDA recalled a portion of the Attune knee replacement system in 2015, in a class II recall. Class II recalls are issued when a device is at risk of causing medically reversible or temporary negative health consequences. In this case, the recall was issued because it was discovered that a small wire spring coil that attaches to a post in a portion of the implant might come off. If it comes off during surgery without the surgeon noticing, the coil can become lodged inside the surgical site.

The main issue is the mechanical loosening that occurs as the result of the bonding between the implant-cement surface and the tibial baseplate failing. Lawsuits have been filed alleging that the knee can become detached from the patient’s bone when loosening of the bond occurs.

Types and Symptoms of Knee Replacement Failure

Knee replacement failure can be a sudden, or a slow process. It can occur right after the surgery is completed or may take several years. The side effects of the failure can include the pain of the failure itself and also the danger of falling and sustaining additional injuries.

The loosening of an artificial knee replacement can chip the surviving bone and cause severe pain. The patient’s mobility is decreased because of the pain and when the device ultimately fails, the patient loses knee function.

When the system fails entirely, it can cause life-altering, irreversible side effects. Many patients may have to endure a revision (second) surgery in attempt to repair the errors and the damage. The second surgery can sometimes result in even less mobility and greater pain than they had before they underwent the initial knee replacement surgery.

Hiring a Louisville Attorney for Help

If you or someone you know has a DePuy Synthes Attune Primary Total Knee System and has suffered the ill effects of this defective device, the law office of Meinhart, Smith & Manning, PLLC wants to help. Call for a free case evaluation.