DePuy Attune Knee Replacement Lawsuit Filed Over Premature Failure, Resulting in Revision

A Colorado woman has filed a product liability lawsuit alleging that design defects caused her DePuy Attune knee replacement to fail prematurely, resulting in painful complications and the need for revision surgery to remove the implant.

The complaint (PDF) was filed by Regina Dibal in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado late last month, naming DePuy Orthopaedics and Medical Device Business Services, Inc. as defendants.

Dibala indicates that she received a DePuy Attune Knee System during a left total knee arthroplasty in April 2013. However, within only five years after the knee was implanted, Dibala began to experience severe and persistent pain, discomfort, instability and difficulty walking, the complaint indicates.

Her doctor took radiographs of the artificial knee, which revealed asceptic loosening of the implant’s tibial baseplate. As a result of the knee replacement failure, she underwent revision surgery in December 2018, at which time the implant was removed.

“The primary reason the Attune system fails is mechanical loosening,” Dibala’s lawsuit states. “The mechanical loosening is caused by a failure of the bond between the tibial baseplate at the implant cement interface.”

The DePuy Synthes Attune Knee was approved by the FDA in 2010, and has been widely used by surgeons nationwide since early 2013. Amid aggressive marketing, about 400,000 DePuy Attune knees were implanted during the first five years the device was on the market worldwide.

Although knee replacements are typically expected to last close to 20 years, and DePuy Attune implants have only been available for less than six years, a high failure rate has emerged in post-marketing adverse event reports.

By June 2017, the FDA had received about 1,400 reports involving DePuy Attune knee replacement failures, including at least 633 cases where individuals had already required revision surgery.

When the knee replacement loosens and fails, it can cause pain and wear away the bone. This can lead to restricted physical movement and severe pain, which continues until the pain becomes unbearable, or the device fails, resulting in a loss of knee function.

Over the coming years, the number of DePuy Attune knee lawsuits filed nationwide is expected to continue to grow, as lawyers review claims for individuals who have experienced problems in recent years. In addition, some experts have suggested that the DePuy Attune knee failure rate may increase dramatically over time, as the devices are in place longer.

6 Comments

  • ChristinaOctober 7, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    I had my Depuy Attune Replacement in Feb 2018. I was notified today Oct 7, 2021 that it has loosened and will require a revision. I did not realize there were issues with these until I started to read up on them. This sucks!!!

  • KristineSeptember 6, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    I had left and right knee replacement with the dePuy attune knee device in 2018 and 20/19. In 20/20 both had to be replaced due to defective parts. The revision was difficult and now we are in 20/21 and the new replacements though great , results from g the removable have caused me to continue with pain from the surgery . More days each week are spent laying down rather than to be out doing thi[Show More]I had left and right knee replacement with the dePuy attune knee device in 2018 and 20/19. In 20/20 both had to be replaced due to defective parts. The revision was difficult and now we are in 20/21 and the new replacements though great , results from g the removable have caused me to continue with pain from the surgery . More days each week are spent laying down rather than to be out doing things with friends. I blame the dePuy attune device from the original surgery and the damage the dePuy attune replacement did to my legs. I am beginning to believe I will never have relief. I hope in my life time I will see some results from my attorney that suits against them have been settled and the device removed from use. It has ruined my life.

  • BryanAugust 5, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Had the deputy attune knee replacement in 2018. It seemed good at first then stiff and painful. After some run around I was informed today that the tibia component was deboning and I’d need revision surgery. I just hate the idea of going through this again

  • DeanneJanuary 11, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    I had a Depuy Attune TKR in 7/2018 and started having pain 6 months later. Swelling, decreased range of motion, pain. After months of lab work and 2 bone scans, it was determined "Aseptic Loosening" of tibial component. I had a total knee revision 8/2020.

  • NancyOctober 29, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    My DePuy Attune knee implant done in 2017 has failed due to loosening, and I cannot maintain the active lifestyle I had with it but for only 4 years.

  • ronFebruary 24, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    ive had nothing but pain ever since my knee has been replace in Feb 2017 and now find that the lower bone were the knee is attached to is inflamed and now they say it needs to be removed and replace or it will never get better this is a surgery that i wished i would of never had done it so painful and now cant do the things i used to do

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