Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis that affects millions of people across the world. It can affect all joints but is dominant in the knees, hands, and spine. Osteoarthritis occurs when the protective material, known as the cartilage, between the knee joints gradually wears down and worsens over time. It is one of the most common disabilities seen among adults. It affects 13.9% of adults over the age of 25 and 33.6% of adults over the age of 65. Victims of osteoarthritis of the knee undergo Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) which is a common procedure to replace the weight-bearing surfaces of the knee joint in order to relieve the patient’s pain and disability. However, TKA procedures often left patients in recovery rooms for weeks waiting until they were able to bear any weight on their impacted knee.
Don’t be a victim twice! If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the problems such as unusual swelling, instability and loosening of the tibia, decreased range of motion, and persistent pain and believe it’s due to the ATTUNE® Knee System, please call to speak to one of the personal injury attorneys at Murphy Law Firm at (225) 928-8800 to find out what your rights are and how we can help. Murphy Law Firm has a team of personal injury lawyers that specializes in defective medical device cases to not only help the victim but to also relieve them of their financial and emotional burden
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Why was Attune Developed?
ATTUNE® Knee System was designed to exceed all leading knee systems, and to improve the outcomes of TKA procedures such as a shorter recovery period and to allow patients more movement within the knee. Said to be an “innovative, comprehensive, integrated knee system,” it is no wonder so many fall victim to this heinous procedure. Although the Attune TKA procedures were successful at first, patients began to experience many problems within two years of surgery. The Journal of Knee Surgery published a study related to Attune TKA, more specifically, researchers discovered 232 reports of problems related to the Attune TKA procedure that were derived from a total of 3 hospital databases. Several orthopedic surgeons detected a surprisingly high-rate of premature failures in relation to the ATTUNE® Knee System. These premature failures included unusual swelling, instability and loosening of the tibia, decreased range of motion, and persistent pain. Despite the optimistic promises of the ATTUNE® Knee System developers, the system fails many of the patients who undergo the surgery. These same patients have to undergo another surgery to correct the issues that the ATTUNE® Knee System caused them, leaving the victims emotionally drained with a new financial burden.