Lawsuits Allege DePuy Attune Knee Recall May Be Needed Due to High Failure Rate Associated with Device
The DePuy Synthes Attune Knee System is an artificial joint replacement that has been widely used by surgeons throughout the United States since 2003. Amid an increasing number of reports involving individuals who experienced severe pain and knee replacement failure after receiving the implant, questions have emerged about whether a DePuy Attune knee recall may be issued.
Although it appears that the manufacturers knew or should have known about the high rate of problems, the DePuy Attune knee has not been removed from the market and the manufacturer has failed to provide adequate warnings for consumers and the medical community about design defects that may result in complications like:
- Persistent Pain
- Knee Instability
- Bone Loss and Bone Damage
- Soft Tissue Damage
- Nerve Damage
- Revision Surgery
The knee replacement lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. provide free case evaluations for individuals who suspect they may be experiencing problems from a DePuy Attune knee. To determine whether you or a loved one may have a case, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.
DePuy Attune Knee Complications
The DePuy Attune Knee has rapidly grown to become one of the most widely used components in knee replacement surgery, with more than 400,000 devices sold worldwide. However, there is limited long-term safety data and increasing evidence points to an unreasonably high rate of complications.
Over the first four years the artificial knee implant was on the market in the U.S., an estimated 1,400 adverse event reports involving DePuy Attune knee problems were submitted to the FDA MAUDE (Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience) database, including at least 633 instances where individuals required revision surgery.
Most of the complications have involved failure at the tibial baseplate, indicating that there were issues with the cement bond between the baseplate and rest of the knee implant.
In June 2017, a study published in the Journal of Knee Surgery warned that there appears to be an “unusually high rate of early failure” with DePuy Attune total knee replacements.
Researchers looked at a number of patients at several hospitals who underwent knee revision surgery after receiving a DePuy Attune implant, noting a high rate of tibial loosening at the implant-cement interface, which is typically a rare complication with cemented knee replacements at short-term follow-up.
Since it is often difficult for doctors to detect and diagnose problems with knee implant loosening, researchers indicated that the complications are likely under-reported.
In addition, FDA adverse event reports typically only represent about 10% of actual problems with knee replacements, suggesting that more than 10,000 actual issues with the DePuy Attune knee may have occurred.
For individuals who are experiencing pain after a knee replacement, orthopedic experts are now recommending that a diagnosis of debonding or tibial baseplate loosening should now be considered. As more surgeons learn about the DePuy Attune problems, this will likely result in a dramatic increase in the number of revision surgeries nationwide over the next few years, and lead to additional calls for the knee replacement to be recalled.
DePuy Attune Knee Recall Lawyers
It appears that DePuy Synthes failed to properly research their knee replacement or examine the sharp increase in reports involving problems after surgery where a DePuy Attune knee was implanted. Rather than promptly acting to recall the DePuy Attune knee, the manufacturer has continued to provide false and misleading information for consumers and the medical community, according to allegations raised in lawsuits being pursued nationwide.
The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. provide free consultations and claim evaluations for individuals who have experienced continuing pain or problems following knee replacement. It is not necessary to know whether a DePuy Attune knee was used during your surgery, as our attorneys can help!
As a result of a potentially defective and unreasonably dangerous design, DePuy Attune knee replacement settlements may be available for individuals who suffered an injury or required revision surgery.
To learn more or find out whether you or a loved one may have a case, contact the knee recall lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. There are no out-of-pocket costs associated with hiring our law firm, as we only receive an attorney fee or reimbursed expenses if a recovery is obtained.