Exactech Knee & Ankle Replacement
There are over 800,000 knee replacements performed annually in the United States. Anyone who required a knee replacement or implant since 2010 may very well have received one of several types of defective implants now being recalled by medical device company, Exactech.
The Exactech recall includes all knee and ankle arthroplasty polyethylene inserts packaged in a particular type of vacuum bag. According to the recall, the non-conforming packaging may cause these liners to degrade and fail early, potentially leading to bone less and revision surgery. There have been over 147,000 of these recalled inserts implanted by surgeons across the United States. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified this recall as a Class II recall, meaning the chance of a major injury may be low, there is still the possibility of serious enough adverse events to have irreversible consequences.What Knee and Ankle Devices are Included in the Exactech Recall?
The defective components affected by the Exactech recall include:
- OPTETRAK© All-polyethylene Tibial Components
- OPTETRAK© Tibial Inserts
- OPTETRAK Logic© Tibial Inserts
- TRULIANT© Tibial Inserts
- VANTAGE© Fixed-Bearing Liner Component
If you are unsure whether you received a part affected by the recall, you should contact your surgeon who will check the serial number of your implant against the list of affected devices provided by Exactech.What Are the Symptoms of an Exactech Device Failure?
- New or worsening pain or swelling
- Pain when walking
- Inability to bear weight
- Instability in knee or ankle
- Clicking in your knee or ankle
- Grinding or other noise
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above and your surgeon suspects that the joint replacement device has failed, Exactech recommends X-rays be performed. The result of these X-rays and your symptoms will determine if you need a revision surgery or if further action is required. If it is determined that you need to have a revision surgery because of a defective implant, you may be entitled to compensation.Protect Your Rights by Hiring an Experienced Attorney
For nearly 50 years, English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP has helped people from across south central Kentucky and Tennessee litigate defective medical device cases. If you have been affected by the Exactech recall, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit. Contact ELPO Law attorney, Jessica Shoulders at (270) 781-6500 or email@example.com for a free consultation and to determine next steps.