More than 600,000 knee replacements are performed each year in the United States. Unfortunately, thousands of knee replacement lawsuits alleging injuries from defective knee replacements are also filed across the country. For years, total knee replacements have been one of the most successful and life-enhancing surgical procedures. Almost 90% of patients who have the procedure report relief from pain, allowing them to return to a close-to-normal lifestyle.
Knee replacements are usually a last resort after a person has tried medications, corticosteroid injections or other non-invasive forms of treatment. For most, knee replacements become necessary when knee osteoarthritis progresses to a point where a person can no longer walk, climb stairs or even sit without pain.
Some of the most recent data concerning knee replacements show that the success rates are extremely high. Most statistics show that if you have a total knee replacement surgery today, there is a 90-95% chance that your implant will last 10 years, and an 80-85% chance that it will last up to 20 years.
The DePuy Synthes Attune Knee System is a total knee replacement solution that was approved by the FDA in 2013. Recently, however, there have been numerous adverse event reports made to the FDA concerning various problems with the device.
One of the most common issues involves the tibial plate loosening. The knee joint is formed where the thigh bone (femur) meets the shinbone (tibia). The tibial component (bottom portion) of a knee replacement prosthetic replaces the top surface of the lower bone (the tibia).
Our lawyers are investigating issues with loosening of the DePuy Synthes Attune Knee System’s tibial plate. Unfortunately, there have been many reports of the tibial plate coming loose within 6 months of having the surgery done, and many more within 2 years of the procedure. This causes extreme pain in the patient and will almost often require a revision surgery to be done with all or part of the original prosthesis having to be replaced.
When a patient is injured by a defective medical device, that patient is faced with the decision of whether or not to pursue a lawsuit. Our lawyers are here to help you make that decision and explain what your options are. If you have a viable case, our firm will represent you on a contingency fee basis meaning you don’t pay anything until we obtain compensation for you. Anyone that files a knee replacement lawsuit may receive compensation for the following:
If you or a loved one needs any assistance, please call our office today for a free consultation to explore your options.
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