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Medical device company, Exactech, Inc., has issued recalls involving certain components used in its knee, hip, and ankle replacement systems due to an increased risk of premature failure.
Some patients may require early revision surgery.
The polyethylene liners used in many of Exactech’s hip, knee and ankle devices have been shown to fail more quickly due to liner wear, resulting in joint stiffness, pain, and degeneration of bone, and the need for early hip, knee or ankle revision surgery. Orthopedic surgeons recommend close surveillance of patients with these recalled devices. You may have a right to compensation if you have a recalled Exactech hip, knee, or ankle implant.
In June 2021, Exactech issued a Class II Medical Device Recall of its Exactech Connexion GXL acetabular polyethylene liners used in hip implants. Although Exactech’s stated reason for the recall was that the “risk of edge-loading and premature prosthesis wear” was possible in a certain sub-group of patients with specific implant configurations, studies have shown a general link between catastrophic early polyethylene wear and the use of the Exactech Connexion GXL liner. These studies found the average length between initial implant and diagnosed hip implant failure to be five years or less.
Knee and Ankle Recall:
On February 7, 2022, Exactech recalled several of its knee and ankle systems, again due to concerns that the polyethylene liners lead to accelerated excessive wear, bone loss, and device failure requiring revision surgery. The recalled knee and ankle systems include Optetrak (knee), Optetrak Logic (knee), Truliant (knee), and Vantage (ankle). As with the Exactech Connexion GXL hip liners, the tibial inserts/liners used in these knee and ankle implant systems are exhibiting early polyethylene wear, causing the devices to fail.
For a copy of the recall letter, and a more complete description of the components involved, please click here.
If you or a loved one received a Exactech hip, knee, or ankle replacement system, and have experienced problems or had to undergo revision surgery, please contact Meshbesher & Spence for a free consultation.
If you or a loved one have received a hip, knee, or ankle replacement system from Exactech, please contact Meshbesher & Spence for a free consultation.
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