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Problems with a number of different knee replacement systems have surfaced in recent years. As result, product liability lawyers are reviewing potential claims for individuals nationwide who may have received a DePuy Attune, Exactech Optetrak, Arthrex IBalance or other defective implants.

REVIEW A KNEE REPLACEMENT CASE: Unreasonably dangerous design problems have resulted in high rates of failure and revision surgery for certain implants. To help individuals and families determine whether they may be entitled to financial compensation, knee replacement lawyers provide free consultations and case evaluations.

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OVERVIEW: Although knee replacements are designed to last 15 to 20 years, problems have been linked to several different systems used in recent years, which may cause individuals to experiencing complications, such as:

  • Severe Pain, Swelling and Loss of Mobility
  • Knee Implant Failure or Loosening
  • Revision Surgery

In many cases, it appears the manufacturers knew or were warned about these problems for years, yet withheld information from consumers and the medical community. As a result, financial compensation may be available through a knee replacement lawsuit. It is not necessary to know what type of an implant was used during your surgery, a product liability lawyer can help!

DEPUY SYNTHES ATTUNE KNEE LAWSUITS: The DePuy Attune Knee System was approved by the FDA in 2010 through the controversial 510(k) fast-track approval program, meaning that DePuy and it’s parent company, Johnson & Johnson, only had to prove that the device was “substantially equivalent” to existing implants. Since about March 2013, the DePuy Attune knee has been widely used by surgeons throughout the United States.

Although the DePuy Attune knee was marketed as an innovative design, which was designed to provide a better range of motion and stability among individuals doing every day activities, it has been linked to a higher-than-expected rate of problems and failure, often resulting in the need for revision surgery to remove the DePuy Attune knee and replace it with another device.

In many cases, the DePuy Attune failures have been linked to tibial baseplate loosening, after the cement bond failed between the tibial baseplate and the rest of the implant.

As of June 2017, the FDA has received about 1,400 reports of DePuy Attune Knee problems through its Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) system, which receives reports of adverse medical device reports from manufacturers, as well as importers and places where the devices are used. Of those 1,400 reports, 633 involved patients who had to undergo revision surgery to have the devices removed.

EXACTECH OPTETRAK KNEE SYSTEM PROBLEMS: Lawsuits over Exactech’s Optetrak Total Knee Replacement have also been filed, alleging design defects and problems.

Since about 2012, the FDA has received large numbers of adverse event reports involving Exactech Optetrack tibial loosening, pain, loss of mobility, swelling, and the need for revision surgery. Afterwards, the manufacturer removed a “finned” tibial tray design used with the implants and replaced them with a new design known as a “fit” tibial tray. Some have considered this a silent knee replacement recall, designed to prevent negative media coverage.

ARTHREX IBALANCE KNEE SYSTEM PROBLEMS: Since about 2014, problems with the Arthrex IBalance knee may have caused individuals to require removal of the implant, according to allegations raised in lawsuits.

In February 2016, an Arthrex iBalance recall was issued for some devices, indicating that the outer surface of the implants were smooth instead of textured, which could result in a failure to bond and, ultimately, implant failures.

A number of Arthrex IBalance knee problems have been linked to loosening, which has resulted in catastrophic implant failure.

KNEE REPLACEMENT INFECTION LAWSUITS: In addition to cases for unreasonably dangerous and defective knee implants, many individuals have experienced serious complications due to infections caused by the use of a 3M Bair Hugger warming system, which is commonly used during hip and knee replacement surgical procedures to help control body temperature.

The forced air warming system is found in many operating rooms nationwide, but may cause bacteria and contaminants to enter the sterile surgical site, leading to devastating deep joint infections, which typically require complex treatment.

The Bair Hugger warmer contains a portable heater/blower unit, with a flexible hose that is hooked up to a disposable blanket that is positioned over surgical patients. The forced air warming blanket is designed to deliver warm air onto a patient during an operation to keep the wound area and patient appropriately heated, which reduces the risk of bleeding and shortens recovery times.

According to allegations raised in Bair Hugger knee replacement infection lawsuits, the forced air warming device disrupts the laminar air flow in the operating room. As a result of the manufacturers’ failure to warn consumers and the medical community, cases are being pursued nationwide.

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7 comments

  1. bernard Reply

    The research shows that johnson and johnson was aware of future problems with some of its knee replacement units..the next round of suits will prob. be the depuy lcs units.and down the line.more parts and total units. i raise the question did the dr s know through the f.d.a warnings and johnson and johnson and its other co.s statements including the need for polishing etc.on its lcs unit this raises the question— the dr s should have informed their patients on any notice involving the questioned knee units.yes or no

  2. Janice Reply

    Revision surgery

  3. Michael Reply

    In 2007 I had a total knee replacement on my left knee,after said knee was replaced I informed the Doctor several months after the surgery that there was a large mass on my knee he advised that it was normal,for the last several years my knee has begun to give me more issues,its swelling to the point that I’m unable to bend it or walk without support.I have constant pain with the knee which goes down my leg to my feet.

  4. Sandra Reply

    I had knee replacement surgery in January of 2013. I was in pain every day. I could not get another orthopedic surgeon to even look at my knee. The doctor that did my surgery gave me shots, ordered physical therapy, tried draining fluid, did everything. Nothing helped. Finally got another doctor to see me. The wrong knee had been put in. He took out all the old metal and replaced the complete knee. I am finally getting some relief.

  5. William Reply

    I am on my 4th knee replacement.
    In 2011 I took a few weeks off work for what was sapose to be quick. Due to infection, in plant failures, loosening, pain, I a have had so many revisions surgery’s. Scrapings many hospital stays, months off pick line antibiotics, no knee on and on
    I live in pain twenty four sev I can hardly walk
    No income since, 2011

  6. ron Reply

    I had my right knee replaced on 5-12-2014 and my left on 4-2-15, My right is starting to swell and severe pain on the right side, I go to see the surgeon on 8-7-2018, I have been living on pain pills for the last,week had to cancel one appointment due to family emergency. I hope the left does not give the same trouble

  7. Evelyn Reply

    I had my knee replaced in 12/2015. Since I had it replaced I have nothing but pain. I have a huge knot on my leg that continues to get larger and the entire knee feels stiff and swollen. I sought a second opinion from another doctor but he won’t touch it it. Says the risk of infection from removing and replacing it with a different brand out weighs the pain I suffer from on a daily basis.

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