The Dangers of DePuy Attune Knee Implants
An estimated 4.4 million Americans currently rely on artificial knee implants. These implants can be used to improve mobility and joint function, especially in the elderly. However, several of these implants have been recalled for faulty designs and several other issues, including the popular DePuy Attune Knee System.
About the Attune Knee System
The Attune knee system was created by DePuy Synthes, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, the well-known pharmaceutical company. DePuy has created several other knee and hip implants, but the Attune system was first released in the U.S. market in 2010. The artificial joint is used to replace natural failing joints to increase function, stability, and mobility. The implant is cemented to the leg bones to fuse the Attune knee system in place. However, several patients have complained about complications caused by loosening of the cement adhesive used to attach the implant.
Since its initial sale in 2010, the DePuy Attune Knee System implants have received multiple complaints, and the company itself has issued a recall on the articulation surface of the device. Despite the lack of a full recall, there have been numerous reports of joint loosening and device failure.
Problems With the DePuy Attune Knee System
Over the past few years, the DePuy Attune knee system has been associated with numerous issues and complications. Problems stem from the adhesive cement used to attach the implant, but faulty designs and dangerous materials in the implant itself have also caused issues.
Side effects associated with the Attune Knee System include:
- Joint pain
- Loosening of the joint
- Joint instability
- Joint swelling
- Device dislocation
- Nerve damage to the knee
- Fracturing of knee system components
- Fracturing of the femur or tibia
- Decreased range of motion
- Improper alignment of the implant components
- Tibial subsidence
- Grinding of the knee joint
- Release of implant debris into the body
These issues can lead to complicated issues and may cause serious health concerns. If the implant is misaligned, or the adhesive fails, it could cause the joint to become unstable and can cause extreme pain. Additionally, the release of implant or adhesive debris into the body can cause other serious complications, including infection. In several cases, these issues have led patients to have the implant removed through revision surgery.
If you or someone you love was harmed by a faulty knee implant system by DePuy, our firm wants to help. We can help you seek justice and compensation for your injuries. Compensation may include past and future medical expenses, revision surgery, pain and suffering, and loss of wages.