DePuy Attune Knee Replacement Lawsuit

Patients who allegedly experienced the early failure of the Attune Knee System are beginning to file product liability claims against DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson. Filing a DePuy Attune Knee Replacement lawsuit could enable recipients of this allegedly defective device to obtain compensation for any damages and losses related to their injuries.

DePuy Attune Knee Lawsuit Reviews

You may be eligible to file a DePuy Attune Knee lawsuit if you experienced serious complications following implantation of this total knee replacement system, including:

  • Swelling
  • Joint pain
  • Nerve damage
  • Loosening of device components
  • Fracture of the device components
  • Fractures of the surrounding bone
  • Joint instability
  • Device dislocation
  • Misalignment of implant components

The medical device attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are now offering free legal reviews to individuals who may have experienced the premature failure of their DePuy Attune Knee Replacement. To contact our legal team today, please call (888) 994-5118.

DePuy Attune Knee System: What’s the Problem?

The DePuy Attune Knee System was initially cleared by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010, through its 510(k) program. This process allows medical devices to come to market without the benefit of human clinical trials if a manufacturer can show that it is substantially equivalent to a device that was previously approved by the agency.

Since 2010, various other DePuy Attune Knee Replacement components have received regulatory clearance via the 501(k) program.

The first Attune Knee was implanted in 2011. Since then, more than 470,000 patients have received the total knee replacement system, making it one of the most popular knee implants on the market.

In June 2015, DePuy announced a Class II recall of the Attune Articulation Surface component after finding a spring coil could break off and enter the surgical site without the surgeon’s knowledge. A Class II recall indicates that a medical device may cause temporary or medically reversible health problems.

Patients began filing Attune Knee Replacement lawsuits against DePuy and Johnson & Johnson in the fall of 2017. The filings followed publication of a study conducted by nine prominent orthopedic surgeons that indicated the Attune Knee was associated with an unexpectedly high rate of early failures, often due to tibial loosening.

Among other things, plaintiffs charge that the FDA’s medical device reporting database has received roughly 1,400 reports of Attune Knee failures as of June 2017, including approximately 633 cases that resulted in revision surgeries.

Symptoms of Attune Knee Replacement Failure

Total knee replacements should last 15 years at minimum. However, reports indicate that the Attune Knee System may be failing in some patients within just a year or two of implantation.

Patients who allegedly experienced early failure of their DePuy Attune Knee Replacement have reported the following symptoms:

  • Constant throbbing pain
  • Fluid build-up leading to inflammation
  • Swelling that reduces mobility
  • Instability in the knee when standing or when weight is put upon it
  • The knee moves backwards or sideways
  • Warmth or heat in the knee that returns months after surgery

Patients who do experience Attune Knee failure generally require revision surgery to remove and replace the implant. Knee revision surgery is often more painful and invasive that an initial replacement surgery, resulting in a longer recovery and more extensive rehabilitation.

Revision surgery of an Attune Knee Replacement may require the surgeon to break components away from the bone. If the bone has been damaged, the knee may need to be reconstructed before a new device is implanted.

Complications potentially associated with knee revision surgery include:

  • Infection
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Deep venous thrombosis
  • Nerve or blood vessel damage
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Permanent disability

How Can Filing a DePuy Attune Knee Replacement Lawsuit Help Me?

Individuals who suffered premature failure of the DePuy Attune Knee System may be entitled to significant financial damages, including compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Permanent disability
  • More

Our firm is currently reviewing potential DePuy Attune Knee Replacement lawsuits for free. If you or a loved one suffered complications that may be related to the early failure of the Attune Knee System, please call (888) 994-5118 to learn more about your available legal options.

  1. FDA (2010) “Summary of Safety and Effectiveness. Attune Total Knee, DePuy Orthopaedics”
  2. FDA (2010) “Class 2 Device Recall ATTUNE Articulation Surface”
  3. Journal of Knee Surgery (2017) “Unusually High Rate of Early Failure of Tibial Component in ATTUNE Total Knee Arthroplasty System at Implant–Cement Interface”
  4. AAOS (2015) “Revision Total Knee Replacement”
Last Modified: October 11, 2017

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