DEPUY ATTUNE KNEE REPLACEMENT INFORMATION
DePuy Orthopedics was founded in 1895, and was the first commercial orthopedics company in the United States. As of March 2017, a division of DePuy Orthopedics known as DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction is responsible for more than 200 products.
The Attune Knee Implant System is manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. It was first approved by the FDA in 2010 and is marketed as providing patients with increased stability and a better range of motion. It is one of DePuy’s most popular and widely used knee replacement devices.
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
However, since its approval, the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System has received numerous complaints from patients who reported complications with the device necessitating revision or reconstructive surgeries. One of the most common issues is that the tibial plate loosened or was not properly fixed to the tibia.
While complaints to the FDA are on the rise, no recall has been made of the Attune system.
Patients are reporting early failure of the Attune Knee Implant System, less than a year or two (some occurring within months) of the surgery rather than the expected 15 years.
SYMPTOMS OF A FAILED ATTUNE KNEE REPLACEMENT
Attune Knee System complications may include:
- Instability and loosening. When you stand or put weight on your knee, it may “give” out or move backwards or sideways.
- Device dislocation.
- Heat or warmth 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.
- Swelling around the knee joint. When the knee lining becomes inflamed, it generally causes fluid to build up resulting in the sensation of swelling.
- Joint pain
- Decreased range of motion
In many cases, these complications have led to revision surgeries and removal of the device.
If you or someone you love was harmed by a faulty DePuy Attune knee system, our firm can help. We can work with you to build a case for your faulty implant and fight for justice and compensation on your behalf.