DePuy Synthes Attune Knee Replacement System Failures
Childers, Schlueter & Smith is actively investigating defective knee replacement cases involving the ATTUNE Knee implant to support those who are suffering complications from this potentially defective product. The DePuy Synthes ATTUNE knee implant is a trademark of DePuy Orthopaedics. To be clear, the DePuy Attune Knee Implant Lawyers at Childers, Schlueter & Smith are completely adverse to DePuy and its own separate and distinct interests. At CSS Firm, we seek to protect the welfare of patients with Attune knee injuries and complications. Within this article and through the website, we may also refer to this product in a lowercase type set, e.g. Attune for ease of reading.
Knee replacements are one of the most common orthopedic surgeries performed in the U.S. Roughly 600,000 of these operations are conducted each year, hopefully providing up to 15 years or more of pain-free stability and mobility for many patients. However, a significant number of DePuy Synthes Attune Knee Replacement system recipients are experiencing painful, dangerous side effects from our internal discussions and review.
What are the Reported Problems Associated with the Attune Knee?
Patients have reported premature device failure and serious side effects as early as a few months following surgery, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says.
A growing number of patients have lodged complaints with the FDA and our office regarding the following component issues with the Attune Knee Replacement system:
- Loss of, or failure to bond
- Worn components
- Device fracture
- Shedding of metal debris
Many implant patients also reported experiencing the following complications due to the Attune Knee Replacement system failure:
- Tibial loosening or instability when weight is put on the knee
- Chronic or acute throbbing joint pain during rest and activity
- Change in the components leading to forward or side movement of the knee
- Warmth or swelling in the knee area
- Inflammation and swelling caused by fluid build-up
What Happens When a Knee Replacement Fails?
The signs of knee replacement failure can come on suddenly or slowly, either right after surgery or several years down the road. In many cases, the side effects can make daily activities uncomfortable, difficult, and extremely dangerous in the event of a fall.
If a knee replacement system fails, it can cause irreversible, life-altering side effects and damages. In fact, many patients undergo a second (revision) surgery to try and fix the errors, but afterwards are left with more pain and less mobility than they had before the first implant surgery.
Many Attune Knee Replacement system patients we have spoken with and read about have sustained serious injuries and are suffering from the following:
- Excruciating pain
- Decreased range of motion or instability
- Invasive revision surgery
- Extensive rehabilitation
- Permanent bone loss and muscle damage
- Infection and swelling
- Loss of work
- Costly medical bills
- Diminished quality of life
Are Your Experiencing Adverse Side Effects After Knee Replacement?
Childers, Schlueter & Smith, is actively investigating defective knee replacement cases involving the DePuy Synthes Attune Knee Replacement system to support those who are suffering with this potentially defective product.
If you received a DePuy Synthes Attune Knee implant after January 2013, and are experiencing complications, please contact our office today to discuss your legal options. Remember, you are not alone in this; hundreds of Americans are seeking answers and potential restitution, and our firm’s goal is to help you get your life back on track.
Attune Knee Replacement System Complications
DePuy Synthes (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson), is a leading orthopedic designer, manufacturer, and distributor of medical devices and supplies. In 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the DePuy Synthes Attune Knee Replacement system for patients undergoing knee replacement surgery because it provided increased stability and better range of motion compared to earlier systems. As a result, the product quickly gained traction, becoming one of the most popular knee replacement systems on the market.
It didn’t take long, however, before problems with the Attune Knee surfaced. A recent study published in the June 2017 Journal of Knee Surgery found a high rate of early failure in the DePuy Synthes Attune Knee System; and, the FDA has received adverse reports that the Attune Knee was causing more problems than what is considered normal for knee replacement surgery.
The most common FDA complaints indicated tibial loosening – a serious detachment that caused the bond between the bone and knee component to loosen or even fall apart completely. This created throbbing, relentless pain in implant patients that could not be relieved.
Many implant patients underwent corrective surgical procedures where physicians discovered that the Attune Knee metal tibial insert was surprisingly clean from any bond. The component essentially looked the same as it did when it was implanted during the initial surgery. Despite this, DePuy continues to maintain there are no issues and their Attune knee is preforming as expected.
Has the ATTUNE Knee Implant Been Recalled?
Complaints to the FDA about the Attune Knee Replacement system, as well as lawsuits against DePuy, will continue with the product’s continued failures and adverse side effects in our opinion. Despite the evidence of failure that we see more and more of each month, DePuy has failed to issue a recall for the Attune Knee system and maintains there is nothing wrong with the Attune knee.
DePuy maintains that the Attune Knee is safe, but recently launched a stronger bonding version called the Attune Knee tibial base plate known as the “Attune S+“. If the original Attune Knee was considered to be trouble-free and safe, why the redesign?
DePuy Synthes History of Recalls
DePuy’s history shows that instances of their lagging recalls and joint product failures are not new. The company has faced complaints and legal battles against its products for years.
Several of DePuy’s orthopedic products have proven to increase the risk of certain side effects and complications in patients, resulting in massive recalls, lawsuits and settlements:
DePuy recalled its ASR metal-on-metal hip devices due to high failure rates. In late 2013, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $2.5 billion to resolve the majority of ASR hip lawsuits pending in the United States, settling roughly 8,000 claims.
2012 – 2013
DePuy recalled 277 knee implant devices and components indicating that there was a reasonable probability that the products could cause serious adverse health consequences or death.
DePuy recalled certain components of its Limb Preservations System Knee implant due to reports of loosening, fracturing and premature failure.
DePuy initiated a Class II recall of the Attune Articulation Surface component after many instances where the spring coil would break off and enter the surgical site without the surgeon’s knowledge.
What Should I do if I have a DePuy Attune Knee?
If you or a loved one received an Attune Knee Replacement system and have experienced loosening, pain or other symptoms, please contact our knee replacement legal team for a free case evaluation and consultation. Our experienced knee implant lawyers will work closely with you to help ensure you receive just compensation for your pain and suffering.
DePuy Synthes should be held accountable for the damage its product is causing trusting patients and their surgeons. In our opinion, earlier warnings could have prevented the implant from being used on more patients, saving them enormous pain and expenses for those have retained us to help them.
Do I Need to See a Doctor Before Contacting an Attorney?
It’s important to see a doctor soon to find out what type of knee replacement system you received. The exact device and model number will be detailed in your medical records or chart. Even if you cannot figure it out beforehand, you can contact our team of knee replacement attorneys for more information and assistance.
Our experienced knee implant failure attorneys will obtain copies of your medical records from your doctor and they will become a form of evidence if a claim is warranted by your specific injuries and complications. We collect all records for our clients and other forms of evidence so they can focus on their treatment, care, and healing process.
Call for a Free Evaluation
The Attune knee replacement attorneys at Childers, Schlueter & Smith have decades of experience advocating for clients like you and are ready to fight for your rights. Please contact our firm today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. Our failed knee replacement lawyers are reviewing claims from people all over the country to help those seriously affected by this product gain the compensation and healing they deserve.
Disclaimer: Our description of your legal rights is not intended to imply that any product is defective per se. That can only be determined through a case-specific investigation and review. DePuy is the registered trademark of DePuy Orthopaedics and of Johnson & Johnson Company. The use of this trademark is solely for product identification and informational purposes. DePuy Orthopaedics and Johnson & Johnson Company or any of its companies are not affiliated with this website. Both companies and their recalled ASR Hip Implant products have no affiliation with Childers, Schlueter & Smith, LLC. Nothing on this site has been authorized or approved by DePuy Orthopaedics or Johnson & Johnson Company. To be clear, Childers, Schlueter & Smith, LLC is completely adverse to said companies and the opinions contained herein are those of the Firm alone based on their investigations, client stories and review.