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Exactech™ Hip, Knee, and Ankle Replacement Implants

If you received an Exactech™ hip, knee, or ankle with a polyethylene liner as part of a total hip, knee, or ankle replacement implant, your implant may be defective. The company issued a recall for many thousands of its products. If you need a revision surgery because your implant failed, contact Parafinczuk Wolf for legal guidance about getting compensation.

Is my implant part of the recall?

The recall affects over 147,000 implant devices manufactured and implanted from 2004. Included in the recall are:

  • OPTETRAK® All-polyethylene Tibial Components
  • OPTETRAK® Tibial Inserts
  • OPTETRAK Logic® Tibial Inserts
  • TRULIANT® Tibial Inserts
  • VANTAGE® Fixed-Bearing Liner Component
  • Acumatch GXL
  • Novation GXL
  • Exactech All Polyethylene Cemented Cup Acumatch Conventional UHMWPE
  • MCS Conventional UHMWPE NOVATION Conventional UHMWPE

The company’s polyethylene liners can degrade prematurely. This degradation can lead to early device failure.

Complications and Side Effects

When you get joint replacement surgery — whether it is for a knee, ankle, or hip — it is supposed to last for decades. In this case, the Exactech implants are not meeting those standards. Instead, knee and ankle joint replacements patients are suffering from serious injuries due to the recalled implants and must have them prematurely removed with revision surgery. You may be experiencing:

  • Device loosening
  • Device fracture
  • Mechanical failure
  • Pain
  • Bone loss
  • Recurrent swelling in the affected area
  • Infection

If you are suffering any of the symptoms or diagnoses indicated, you may have been implanted with a defective device. In many cases, you don’t know the brand of total knee replacement, partial knee replacement, or total ankle replacement insert was used in your procedure. Even fewer patients know the identifying serial number of the implant in your body.

If you suspect you received a recalled implant, you can contact the surgeon who performed your procedure. They should be receiving details about the recalled devices. Surgeons were supposed to send out letters advising patients of the recall, but surgeons may have retired or moved or you may have moved and did not receive a letter sent to your old address.

If you or a loved one have suffered injury due to a defective Exactech knee replacement, contact us today to understand your legal rights.

Filing an Exactech Lawsuit

Because many thousands of these devices have been implanted, it’s possible the legal cases may number in the thousands. The number of complaints has continued to rise as patients who receive the recall notice go to their doctors for evaluation. These patients are given X-rays, MRIs — and even a procedure called an aspiration — to evaluate the state of their Exactech knees. From the procedure results, patients are learning their prosthesis has loosened, the inserts have degraded and shredded, there is polyethylene debris in the fluid around the knee, and that they need revision surgeries.

Your device may have loosened prematurely. Your surgeon may have performed a revision surgery already or may have recommended you undergo a revision surgery. These are more complex than primary surgeries and typically require more extensive treatment, follow-up, and physical therapy.

Parafinczuk Wolf is representing injured people who have been harmed by defective Exactech™ hip, knee, and ankle implant devices.

If you have had a hip, knee, or ankle replacement surgery since 2004, and have experienced or are experiencing complications, please contact us today.

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