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Failure Reports Associated with ATTUNE Total Knee Systems Continue to Mount

By Burg Simpson
September 12, 2018
2 min read

DePuy’s ATTUNE Total Knee System is reportedly failing at unusually high rates, requiring patients to undergo painful and complicated revision surgeries. According to a 2017 article published in the Journal of Knee Surgery, a review of three hospital databases found unexpectedly high reports of implant failures in patients that had received the ATTUNE Total Knee System. In particular, all of these patients’ ATTUNE knees were found to have loosened where the tibial base plate joined the cement that holds the replacement knee together.

These three hospitals are not the only one’s experiencing this type of failure with ATTUNE knees. Rather, a review of the Food and Drug Administration’s reporting database for medical device failures reveals hundreds of reports of the same problem.

DePuy appears to have taken notice. In 2017, DePuy sought and received FDA clearance to market a redesigned tibial base pate for the ATTUNE knee system. This redesigned tibial base includes “recessed undercut cement pockets and a grit blasted surface for enhanced cement fixation.” Unfortunately, this redesign does little to help those who have already received ATTUNE knees that lack these design updates.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries after receiving an ATTUNE knee, contact one of the experienced product liability attorneys at Burg Simpson’s Cincinnati office today. Our award-winning attorneys would be happy to discuss your potential claim.  Call 1-513-852-5600 or fill out our contact form for a FREE no-obligation consultation today.

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