Most knee replacement surgeries or knee arthroplasty procedures are successful according to the American Academy of orthopedic surgeons. It’s usual that patients can go back to their daily lives after a short period of recovery that follows the surgery. For at least 10 or 15 years thereafter, they should have marked improvement in the comfort of their knees. After all, the goal of any knee replacement surgery is to replace the weight bearing surfaces of the joint, which will in turn help to improve disabilities and relieve pain and discomfort overall.
In some situations, however, the DePuy knee replacement system being used in the surgery procedure is defective.
Complications With DePuy Knee Replacement
Since the DePuy Synthes Attune system went on the market, dozens of complaint reports have been filed with the Food and Drug Administration. These complaints are from patients who have been experiencing decreased motion, unusual swelling, instability and loosening, and constant or persistent pain in their knee or knees that were replaced with the Food and Drug Administration DePuy system.
These are not common symptoms that patients should experience after a knee replacement surgery. As stated, most knee replacements are successful and do not lead to further pain. Rather, the surgery removes pain and increases mobility.
The sheer amount of these complaints with the Food and Drug Administration is worrisome, and it’s not just patients who are concerned. Orthopedic surgeons have also complained that they’ve noticed the cement in the DePuy knee replacement system separating from the tibial plate while knee surgeries were in progress.
Further surgery did correct this issue, but further surgery should not be necessary for what is a rather routine replacement procedure. In fact, knee replacement surgery is the most common form of joint replacement surgery performed in the United States today. Statistics show that 600,000 total knee replacement surgeries are performed every year.
Lawsuits Over the DePuy Synthes Attune System
In order for a correction to be made with a DePuy Synthes Attune system knee replacement that was already performed and one in which complications occurred post-surgery, further surgeries are necessary. These surgeries are invasive, painful, and expensive, and they come at a great cost to both hospitals and surgeons and patients.
If you have recently undergone a DePuy knee replacement surgery with and you have been experiencing pain, swelling, loosening or instability, or any other negative symptoms, you may deserve compensation for a defective product that was used in your knee replacement surgery. In this instance, it is recommended that you contact a reputable lawyer in your area as soon as possible to file a lawsuit and get the compensation you deserve.