Each year, approximately 700,000 knee replacement procedures are performed in America, representing half of a $9 billion global market. What was once a surgery targeted only for those over age 65 is now used for much younger patients.
DePuy launched their Attune knee implant system in 2013 with an eye on this growing market, boasting that increased research and development produced a knee with improved stability, freedom of movement, performance and a quicker recovery.
However, recent reports have identified an increased early failure risk in many Attune knee implants from de-bonding, which is a fancy way of saying the implant can become unglued from your lower leg.
In its June issue, the Journal of Knee Surgery delivered a study of FDA records which revealed 21 patients had experienced tibial detachment in just a few months. And, experts fear the actual number of incidents is far higher.
In addition to causing extreme pain and limited mobility, this can lead to an early need for intrusive and costly revision surgery to replace the defective knee device. Anyone who received an Attune knee implant may be at risk.
As a patient, you may recognize the signs of Attune knee implant detachment by looking for:
Doctors who’ve removed the defective Attune implants have noted that some appeared to have never attached to patients’ tibia bones in the first place, or that cement used to bind the devices never stuck to them.
Above all, patients with unattached Attune knee implants will be significantly limited in their mobility and will have to undergo repeat surgeries much earlier than expected to correct the problems.
In order to qualify for a lawsuit against DePuy/Johnson & Johnson, the maker of the Attune knee implant, patients must have received an Attune knee system between 2013 and the present; have experienced device failure; require revision surgery, or be at risk of a defective device.
This will include many of the estimated 60,000 patients who have received Attune implants in the United States since they were introduced.
Whether or not you’ve experienced implant failure yet, it is important to talk with your doctor about a treatment or monitoring plan.
It is also important that you speak with a lawyer to determine your legal options, as it may be necessary to take steps now to protect your rights to file a claim in the future should you need to have your device replaced.
A lawyer can discuss your case today and begin an investigation at no cost. Simply contact DrugNews to speak with a lawyer.
First lawsuit is filed on behalf of a patient who suffered failure of their Attune knee implant in Alabama Circuit Court.
Report in the Journal of Knee Surgery notes an unusually high risk of de-bonding or bone detachment with Attune knee implants, after review of FDA records.
DePuy/J&J announces positive results of Australian and U.K. studies showing higher success with Attune implants than other models, with only .5% of patients needing revision after one year.
The FDA issues a recall of the Attune Tibial Articulation Surface Instrument, a tool used during implantation of the Attune knee, due to risks that coils may become detached and be left in the body after surgery.
DePuy launched Attune knee implant system following six years of product research and development.
The first modern knee replacement device is developed and implanted in a patient by a team of doctors at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery.
Patients who suffer knee implant failure may experience significant damages, and therefore are entitled to file a claim against the manufacturer of the defective device. In some cases they are awarded substantial compensation.
However, most victims want to know what is involved with filing a claim, how long it will take and what it will cost them before they decide whether to pursue a case.
It is important to know that your claim will likely be handled in a court away from where you live, that you won’t have to travel in most cases, that your attorney will take care of gathering all required information, and the whole process costs you nothing unless you receive an award.
First, lawsuits for defective medical devices are much more complex than typical car accident or personal injury cases, and are therefore often handled in special multi district courts where hundreds or thousands of cases can be filed concurrently. Due to this, it is advised that you select a lawyer that specializes in these cases, instead of a local personal injury firm.
Regardless of the location, you usually won’t have to travel to court events or meetings. Your lawyer will come to you for most appointments and appear on your behalf.Second, while your case will require the filing of extensive medical records, research and evidence, your attorney will gather all the necessary documents for you so you don’t waste time chasing down records.
Finally, and most importantly, your attorney will cover the time, costs and attorneys fees necessary to file your case, and you owe nothing unless you win. This means no out-of-pocket expenses for you. If your case reaches a court verdict or settlement, your attorney receives a contingency fee of around 33-40%, plus case costs.
To learn more about the risks of DePuy Attune knee implants, or to speak directly with an attorney about your case, contact DrugNews today.