DePuy Synthes released a knee replacement, known as the Attune Knee, that did not meet patient expectations and failed to provide an adequate treatment for the conditions it was meant to address. The surgical glue used to fix the device to a patient’s tibia bone did not function properly, causing the device to fail. Attune Knee premature failures cause loss of mobility and incredible pain to patients with the device.
The Attune Knee device’s functional issue is due to the smooth surface that attached to a patient’s tibia bone. The surface is too smooth for the surgical glue to effectively hold it in place. Consequently, these devices are failing at a high rate, usually within just two years of placement, despite the manufacturer reporting they should last anywhere from 12 to 20 years. Product manufacturers have a legal obligation to ensure their products perform as advertised and intended, use consistent manufacturing processes to ensure consistency in all products, and provide end users with adequate instructions for use and safety warnings. Failing any of these obligations leaves the manufacturer liable under defective product liability laws.
A knee replacement procedure is an extensive surgical process. Surgeons remove the patient’s knee joint and attach an artificial replacement, usually made from metal, ceramic, or durable plastic. The surgeons must then remove the bottom of the patient’s femur and the top of the patient’s tibia bones and replace them with attachments that fit into the new artificial joint. A special adhesive keeps these artificial replacements attached to the patient’s bones.
Recovery from a knee replacement procedure is extensive. The surgical procedure may only take a few hours, but the patient may remain in hospital for observation for four to five days. The initial recovery period is six weeks, but the patient will take six months to an entire year to make a full recovery. Successfully implanted and reliable knee replacement devices last about 12 years, with some models lasting as long as 20 years. When these replacement devices fail, patients face several serious medical issues including:
After a failed knee replacement, patients will require remedial surgery and face even more extensive recovery. Aside from the new knee replacement procedure, the failed device could have caused other serious medical issues requiring treatment.
Any patient who has received an Attune Knee replacement device and experienced adverse reactions or device failure should reach out to a reliable attorney with a record of successfully handling Attune Knee failure cases. Due to the well-known nature of this issue, patients who suffer as a result of the Attune Knee device should have a relatively easy time securing compensation for the damages caused by these ineffective devices.
Most patients who sue for Attune Knee failures can receive compensation for the additional medical expenses resulting from the failure, as well as compensation for their pain and suffering, lost income from missed time from work, the cost of ongoing medical care and rehabilitation, and possibly punitive damages in some cases.