The medical device company, Exactech, Inc., issued recalls of certain component parts used in its hip, knee and ankle joint replacement systems due to an increased risk of premature failure. Polyethylene liners used in numerous Exactech implant devices have been shown to fail far quicker than expected due to wear. This can cause joint stiffness, pain, bone degeneration and, in some cases, a need for early revision surgery of the implant.
Lewis Saul & Associates has over 40 years experience concentrating on defective pharmaceutical and medical device cases and has settled implant cases involving devices manufactured by numerous companies in recent years.
If you were implanted with a recalled Exactech hip, knee or ankle implant, you may be entitled to compensation.
Exactech Hip Implant Recall
In June 2021, Exactech issued a Class II medical device product recall of its Connexion GXL acetabular polyethylene liners used in its hip implant systems. These liners were used in tens of thousands of hip implants throughout the United States since approximately 2008. Though Exactech initially blamed surgeons and patients for the defects of the GXL liners by claiming that accelerated wear of the liners was due to improper surgical positioning of the components and high activity levels of patients, studies revealed a link between catastrophic early polyethylene wear and implants using the Exactech Connexion GXL liner.
Exactech has recognized that “[w]hile it appears that most patients with premature wear have symptoms of hip and/or groin pain, we have also observed that premature wear and lysis can occur in asymptomatic patients.” Exactech has advised that patients with hip implants using Connexion GXL liner components should consult with their physician to schedule an examination and x-rays to determine whether they are a candidate for revision surgery.
Contact Lewis Saul & Associates for a free consultation to speak with an attorney who can help determine whether you may be able to assert an Exactech hip implant claim.
Exactech Knee and Ankle Implant Recall
Beginning in August 2021 and again in February 2022, Exactech issued recalls of numerous knee and ankle implant systems, again due to concerns over premature wear of polyehtylene liners. As with the Connexion GXL hip implant liners, tibial inserts/liners used in certain Exactech knee and ankle implant systems exhibited premature polyethylene wear, potentially causing loosening, bone loss, pain and device failure requiring early revision surgery.
The recalled knee and ankle implant systems include:
- Optetrak (knee)
- Optetrak Logic (knee)
- Truliant (knee)
- Vantage (ankle)
If you were implanted with one of these recalled Exactech knee and ankle implant systems, contact Lewis Saul & Associates for a free consultation to speak with an attorney who can help determine whether you may be able to assert an Exactech knee or ankle implant claim.