Medical device company Exactech, Inc., has issued recalls involving specific components used in its knee, hip, and ankle replacement systems due to an increased risk of premature failure.
As a result, 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, degeneration of the bone, and the need for early hip, knee, or ankle revision surgery.
Orthopedic surgeons recommend close surveillance of patients with these recalled devices. If you have a recalled Exactech hip, knee, or ankle implant, you may have a right to compensation.
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 particular 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 the 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)
- Vantage (ankle)
As with the Exactech Connexion GXL hip liners, the tibial inserts/liners used in these knee and ankle implant systems exhibit early polyethylene wear, causing the devices to fail.
Download the official Exactect recall letter for a complete description of the components involved.
How Can an Exactect Recall Attorney Help
If you or a loved one received an Exactech hip, knee, or ankle replacement system and have experienced problems or had to undergo revision surgery, please get in touch with Meshbesher & Spence for a free consultation. You may have a right to compensation.