Each year there is approximately 600,000 knee replacement performed in the United States alone. Unfortunately, thousands of knee replacement lawsuits alleging injuries from defective knee replacements are also filed across the country. Total knee replacements for a number of years has been one of the most successful and life-enhancing surgical procedures available, but for some, the process is not at all what they expected or signed up for. There are thousands of knee replacement lawsuits filed each year that allege injuries from defective knee replacements. While nearly 90% of patients who have the procedure report relief from pain, allowing them to return to a close-to-normal lifestyle, there are 10% of patients who suffer seriously, life-altering, and debilitating side effects from faulty products.
Knee replacements are usually a last resort after a person has tried medications, corticosteroid injections or other non-invasive forms of treatment. For most, knee replacements become necessary when knee osteoarthritis progresses to a point where a person can no longer walk, climb stairs or even sit without pain. Some of the most recent data concerning knee replacements show that the success rates are extremely high. Most statistics show that if you have a total knee replacement surgery today, there is a 90-95% chance that your implant will last 10 years and an 80-85% chance that it will last up to 20 years.
About the Attune Knee Replacement
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 touted as being able to provide patients with increased stability and 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 reconstructive surgeries.
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.
Most common symptoms reported with the DePuy Knee Replacement
Instability and Loosening: If you’re experiencing instability in your knee when you stand or put weight on it, or your knee is moving backward or sideways in any manner, this may be a sign of a failed knee implant.
Unusual Swelling: When the knee lining becomes inflamed, it generally causes fluid to build up resulting in the sensation of swelling. This is another indication that something could be failing with a knee implant.
Persistent Pain: If you’re experiencing constant or persistent throbbing or pain when your knee is in motion, you could be suffering from a failed implant.
Warmth or Heat in the Knee: Although this is a normal sensation for a few months following surgery, if warmth or heat in your knee returns, this could be caused by a failed Attune knee implant. When a knee replacement prematurely fails, patients can face painful revision surgery and extensive rehabilitation. Revision surgery is typically more difficult than the initial surgery, especially when bone loss has developed as a result of the implanted device.
Why File an Attune Knee Replacement Lawsuit?
When a patient is injured by a defective medical device, that patient is faced with the decision of whether or not to pursue a lawsuit. Our lawyers are here to help you make that decision and explain what your options are. If you have a viable case, our firm will represent you on a contingency fee basis meaning you don’t pay anything until we obtain compensation for you. Anyone that files a knee replacement lawsuit may receive compensation for the following:
Loss of income due to extended recovery times
Loss of companionship with family members
Corrective surgery to either repair or replace the existing elbow implant
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