Which Exactech Devices Have Been Recalled?
Currently, Exactech has recalled about 147,000 devices, all manufactured since 2004. The recall includes the following implants:
- OPTETRAK® – 60,926 devices implanted since 2004
- OPTETRAK Logic® – 60,518 devices implanted since 2004
- TRULIANT® – 24,727 devices implanted since 2004
- VANTAGE® – 1,561 devices implanted since 2004
If you have any of these devices implanted, it is likely that it was not packaged properly and may have been exposed to oxygen prior to implantation. This can lead to oxidation of the device, which can cause it to prematurely break down.
What Should You Do If You Had a Recalled Exactech Device Installed?
If you or a loved one had a knee or ankle replacement using an Exactech total knee or ankle device, it is important to consult with your surgeon to see if the specific device used in the surgery is included in the recent recall. If so, your surgeon may recommend revision surgery. Additionally, patients with Exactech devices implanted should reach out to a product liability lawyer to learn about their options to hold the company liable through an Exactech recall lawsuit
Product liability attorneys can help you understand your rights and what you need to do to effectively bring an Exactech recall lawsuit. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a defective medical device, contact an experienced attorney to discuss your legal options.
The recent Exactech knee and ankle recall has left many patients wondering what their next steps should be. If you or a loved one has undergone surgery using an Exactech total knee or ankle device, it is important to consult with your surgeon to see if the specific device used in the surgery is
Exactech Recall Lawsuit
Our law firm is currently accepting Exactech knee and ankle implant failure cases from victims who had a recalled Exactech implant system (knee or ankle) that subsequently failed resulted in, or will lead to, revision surgery. If you have or have had an Exactech knee implant and are having problems with it, don’t wait to call our lawyers at 1-800-LUNDY-LAW. You may be entitled to financial compensation for the harm done to you, and we can help you get it. Call us today.
Recall of Exactech Knee and Ankle Replacement Implants
Exactech is a medical device company headquartered in Gainesville, Florida. Since it was founded in 1985, Exactech has specialized in surgical implant systems for use in joint replacement surgeries.
In August 2021, Exactech announced a sweeping nationwide recall of all its knee replacement and ankle replacement implant systems manufactured after 2004. The recall impacts almost 150,000 knee replacement implants in the U.S. The Exactech implant systems are used in knee replacement surgery, referred to as total knee arthroplasty (“TKA”). TKA knee replacement surgery is used to relieve severe pain associated with arthritis and is also used to correct knee trauma and deformities.
Exactech Recall Timeline
Exactech launched the recall after learning that a defect in the vacuum-seal packaging of its knee replacements systems was causing the polyethylene insert component to oxidize before use. This process was causing the polyethylene insert to significantly degrade after packaging and lose its ability to function properly in the knee replacement system. Over time, the degraded polyethylene inserts induced excessive friction and wear. This causes the premature failure of the Exactech knee replacement systems, often requiring premature revision surgery.
Patients who experienced failure of their Exactech knee replacement system due to this manufacturing defect experienced significant pain and lack of mobility in their knee. Eventually, failure of the knee replacement system requires the patient to undergo corrective revision surgery. No one who has had knee surgery wants to do it again.
Exactech has announced a recall of its knee replacement systems after learning that a defect in the vacuum-seal packaging was causing the polyethylene insert component to oxidize before use. This process was causing the polyethylene insert to significantly degrade after packaging and lose its ability to function properly in the knee replacement system. Over time, the degraded polyethylene inserts induced excessive friction and wear. This causes the premature failure of the Exactech knee replacement systems, often requiring premature revision surgery.
What Should Patients Who Have Recalled Exactech Implants Do?
Exactech has instructed surgeons to immediately stop using these implants in all knee and ankle replacement surgeries. Doctors and hospitals are also instructed to return their existing inventory of recalled devices for replacement.
For surgery patients who already have an Exactech knee replacement system implanted, the recall letter instructs them to consult with their doctors. Doctors are advised to maintain an index of all patients with Exactech implants and closely monitor them for signs of potential insert failure.
If you have received a letter from your doctor regarding this recall, it means that you may have an Exactech implant. You should consult with your doctor to discuss the next steps. Additionally, you can find more information on the Exactech website.
Exactech Knee Replacement Implant Lawsuits
If you had an Exactech knee replacement implanted after 2004, you may be able to bring a product liability lawsuit if that implant failed and you had to undergo corrective surgery. Plaintiffs who bring a successful Exactech knee recall lawsuit would be entitled to damages for (a) pain and suffering; (b) medical expenses incurred in treatment and corrective revision surgery; (c) and any lost income or wages incurred as a result of the knee implant failure.
File Your Exactech Recall Lawsuit
If your Exactech knee replacement implant failed and you had to undergo corrective surgery, contact Lundy Law today at 1-800-LUNDY-LAW to see if you have a case.