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A growing number of adverse event reports suggest that there may be a problem with DePuy Attune knee replacements, where the implants are failing at higher than expected rates, resulting in the need for revision surgery.
DEPUY ATTUNE KNEE LAWSUIT STATUS: Lawyers are reviewing DePuy Attune knee lawsuits for individuals nationwide. All cases are handled under a contingency fee, which means that there are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained.
MANUFACTURER: DePuy Synthes
OVERVIEW: The FDA approved the DePuy Attune knee replacement system in 2010, and it has been widely used during artificial joint surgery at hospitals throughout the United States.
Over the first half of 2017, a large number of adverse events have been reported to the FDA, with many indicating that the DePuy Attune tibial baseplate detached, leading to catastrophic failure of the knee replacement. During only a two-month period, the FDA received at least 21 adverse event reports involving DePuy Attune knee failures, which likely only represents a small fraction of the actual number of problems experienced by individuals who received this implant system.
According to many of the reports, the knee failures occurred within two years of the system being implanted.
A study published in the June 2016 issue of the Journal of Arthroplasty warned that knee implants like the Attune may have a high rate of baseplate loosening and failures due to its thicker cobalt-chromium tibial trays increasing the risk of bone loss.
Another study published in 2017 in the Journal of Knee Surgery warned that the FDA had received an unusual number of complaints linked to tibial loosening and failures.
DEPUY LPS DIAPHYSEAL SLEEVE PROBLEMS: The Attune knee problems come four years after similar problems led to the knee replacement recall for the the DePuy PLS Diaphyseal Sleeve, which was removed a device used during reconstructive knee surgery from the market in 2013. It has been reported that patients faced an increased risk of the DePuy LPS knee fracturing and loosening, which could result in loss of the leg, dangerous infections or even death.
DEPUY KNEE LAWSUITS: As a result of DePuy’s failure to thoroughly test and properly design its knee implant systems, financial compensation may be available to those who suffered knee implant failures through a DePuy knee lawsuit.
If warnings and information had been provided to patients and doctors about the potential risk of failure, many users would have chosen another knee implant, and some implant failures, revision surgeries, and permanent injuries could have been avoided.