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DePuy Attune Knee Replacement

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Knee replacements have become almost routine in the U.S. as our population grows older, lives longer and wants to get more out of life. The Center for Disease Control’s National Center for Health Statistics released a report in 2015 that said the number of knee replacements nearly doubled from 2000 to 2010.

The replacements are marketed as a way to solve lingering and sometimes debilitating pain joint pain. Many expect that a knee replacement will cure all their aches and pains, and for some, it does. But for many others, knee replacements are not leading to the new lives that they expect.

One company that is coming under fire for selling knee faulty knee replacements is DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson company, which also was hit with huge verdicts in the past few years for selling hip implants that caused extensive problems and required revision surgeries after their implantation. DePuy’s Attune knee replacement system promises that it will provide a greater range of motion after surgery than that of other knee replacements, and that it can have patients back on their feet faster.

But that’s not what some patients are experiencing. Many patients have discovered that the DePuy Attune knee replacement fails and becomes unstable or loose at the tibial component. Patients required additional surgery to correct these issues or even replace the devices – meaning the patient starts all over again with recovery, physical therapy and getting back on their feet.

This isn’t what anyone wants when they go under the knife – to face the same surgery all over again in a short period of time. The maker of this knee replacement, DePuy, is responsible for these problems, and should compensate patients for their medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering due to these failing knee replacement devices.

The Depuy Attune Knee Replacement System

The DePuy Attune knee replacement is billed as a system that works with the body’s muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments. The idea is that it can mimic the natural motion of the knee. A curved portion of the implant is supposed to keep movement smooth and provide stability, and the articulating component is closest to a kneecap. The Polyethylene portion of the device replaces the knee’s cartilage.

All of these elements should work together to help patients walk with less pain and more stability than they did prior to the surgery. But that’s not always the case. How can you know if your knee implant is failing? You may experience symptoms that include swelling, pain, inflammation, warmth on the site or what seems like an infection. You should discuss these symptoms with your doctor.

Protect Your Rights by Hiring an Experienced Lawyer

If you did receive an Attune Knee Replacement and believe you may be eligible to file suit against the company, it is important to do so soon. Contact attorney Jessica Surber at (270) 781-6500 or jrsurber@elpolaw.com. She can provide a free consultation about your case and help you determine the next steps.