What should I know about DePuy Attune® Knee implant lawsuits?

The DePuy Attune Knee System is an FDA-approved total knee replacement integrated system that's designed to provide stability and range of motion. One of the most popular total knee replacement systems on the market, the Attune Knee has been implanted in tens of thousands of patients worldwide.

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However, recent studies linking the DePuy Attune Knee System to serious side effects and high rates of premature failure have led some patients to consider taking legal action.

What follows are the answers to the most common questions we receive about the DePuy Attune Knee System. If you have questions about a potential Attune Knee System lawsuit, contact McGartland Law to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation.

What is the DePuy Attune Knee System?
When did the FDA approve the Attune Knee System?
Why is the DePuy Attune Knee System attractive to people?​
Which patients are good candidates for the Attune Knee System?
Which patients might not be good candidates for the implants?
What are the most common side effects and complications associated with these implants?
Does the Attune Knee System have a high rate of failure?
What are the symptoms of a failing DePuy Attune Knee implant?
What can I do if I was injured by the DePuy Attune Knee System?


What is the DePuy Attune Knee System?

Developed, manufactured, and marketed by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics, the Attune Knee System was the result of the company's largest research and development project to date. According to DePuy Orthopaedics, the Attune Knee System was developed with the needs of patients, surgeons, and hospitals in mind, using the latest advancements in kinematics and engineering.
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When did the FDA approve the Attune Knee System?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the system total knee replacement prosthesis for use in the United States in 2010 after determining that it was substantially similar to other knee replacement devices already on the market.
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Why is the DePuy Attune Knee System attractive to people?

These high-flexion implants bend to 150 degrees—much like natural knees do with squatting or sitting cross-legged—making it possible for knee replacement patients with active lifestyles to participate in activities and exercises that wouldn't have been possible with traditional implant. As a result, the DePuy Attune Knee System appeals to younger, more active patients who are eager to regain lost mobility.
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Which patients are good candidates for the Attune Knee System?

These implants were developed for patients with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or post-traumatic arthritis who suffer from painful, disabled knee joints.
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Which patients might not be good candidates for the implants?

According to DePuy, the Attune Knee System may not be suitable for severely obese patients, people who participate in extreme sports, or those who are addicted to drugs or alcohol, as these characteristics might increase the risk of implant failure.
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What are the most common side effects and complications associated with these implants?

After the knee replacement procedure, patients may experience uncomfortable or even debilitating joint pain and swelling. Some patients may develop infections at the surgical site or in the tissues surrounding the implants themselves.

Premature failure, which often necessitates revision or reconstructive surgeries, is the most serious complication associated with DePuy Attune Knee System implants.
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Does the Attune Knee System have a high rate of failure?

Most knee replacement systems on the market today are expected to last for up to 20 years. However, some DePuy Attune Knee replacement patients have reported device failures much, much earlier—some just a year or two after the initial replacement procedure.
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What are the symptoms of a failing DePuy Attune Knee implant?

When an Attune Knee implant fails, patients may experience:

  • Stiff joints
  • Constant pain
  • Inflammation
  • Joint instability
  • Warmth or heat in the knee joint
  • Redness of the skin at the implant site
  • Decreased mobility

Patients may also hear grinding or clicking sounds when they walk.
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What can I do if I was injured by the DePuy Attune Knee System?

If you've suffered an injury due to a Attune Knee implant that's failed prematurely, you may be eligible for compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. The legal team with McGartland Law can help you explore your legal options. Don't wait: in some instances, you have just two years to file your lawsuit. Contact McGartland Law today.