Surgeons are warning about a high rate of failure with the DePuy Synthes Attune Knee Replacement due to poor bonding between the metal implant and the patient’s knee bones.

UPDATE: 1st Attune Knee Lawsuit Filed in Alabama

In September 2017, attorneys in Alabama filed the 1st lawsuit on behalf of an individual who had to have another surgery because the DePuy Attune® knee implant loosened and failed prematurely. Click here to read more.

DePuy Synthes Attune Knee Replacement

The ATTUNE® Total Knee Arthroplasty System is a knee replacement that is manufactured by DePuy Synthes. Unfortunately, it has been linked to premature failure — sometimes within months — due to loosening and poor bonding to the patient’s knee bones.

These problems were highlighted in a study published by the Journal of Knee Surgery in June 2017. Surgeons found loose Attune knee implant components in 15 patients who needed revision surgery.

All of the patients were suffering from severe pain and limited mobility within 2 years of being implanted the Attune knee. The surgeons blamed the failures on “a high rate of debonding of tibial implant-cement interface.” The surgeons also noted 21 complaints of tibial baseplate de-bonding in the FDA database in the last 2 months alone.

Knee Replacement Failure

Failure of a knee replacement may result in the following complications:

  • Severe pain
  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • Bone damage
  • Muscle damage
  • Instability
  • Loosening due to lack of bonding between knee implant and the bone
  • Tibial baseplate failure
  • Implant disassociation
  • Change in position of the components
  • Patello-Femoral Tracking-Lateral Release
  • Knee implant failure
  • Revision surgery


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