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NH Lawyers Reveal the risks of undergoing a DePuy Attune Knee Replacement procedure

New Hampshire medical malpracticeTotal knee replacement (also known as a total knee arthroplasty) may benefit adults who undergo knee surgery due to injury, arthritis, osteoarthritis, and other conditions that impact knee functioning.

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, roughly 90 percent of patients who undergo knee total knee replacement reported that they experienced significantly less pain. In addition, patients often find themselves engaging in activities they previously gave up due to their condition.

Many patients report a high success rate and knee replacement device endurance of up to 20 years. Not all patients have a positive experience with total knee replacement, however.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons states, “Serious complications, such as knee joint infection, occur in fewer than 2 percent of patients.”

In addition, blood clots were cited as a risk some patients face when undergoing a total knee replacement procedure. One study conducted by the Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, found that 1.2 percent of patients experienced blood clots within 90 days of receiving a total knee replacement. Men over the age of 70 were found to be the most at risk.

Risks associated with the DePuy Attune Knee Replacement System

Total knee replacement devices can start to wear down, especially among patients who are overweight or who engage in high-impact physical activities. In other cases, total knee replacement devices — particularly the DePuy Attune Knee Replacement System — have been unsuccessful. Some have even come loose after seemingly successful procedures — resulting in more pain and complications for patients.

Several reported incidents of tibial loosening have led to lawsuits against DePuy Synthes dating back to September 2017. The signs of tibial loosening often included:

  • Sideways or backwards movement of the knee
  • Knee instability
  • Knee pain
  • Compromised range of motion
  • Knee swelling and inflammation
  • A warm sensation that occurs months after surgery

Explore the legal options available to you

Experiencing a DePuy Attune Knee Replacement System failure can lead to serious and long-lasting health complications. You may need x-rays, pain medication, additional surgery, and physical therapy to fully recover. This can cost both money and time away from work and everyday activities, but you shouldn't be forced to pay out of your own pocket.

If you have experienced any pain or complications after undergoing a total knee replacement procedure, get it checked out by a medical professional immediately. After receiving medical attention, it's critical that you discuss this matter with an experienced New Hampshire personal injury lawyer to explore the legal options available to you.

Contact Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A. today to find out how our attorneys can help.

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