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The Carlson Law Firm is investigating claims against medical device manufacturer Exactech for defective implants used in knee, ankle and hip replacements. If you, a family member or a friend suffered any of the following problems, we want to speak with you about bringing an Exactech recall lawsuit:
- Corrective revision surgery
- Disappearance or degeneration of bone tissue
- Implant failure/breakage
- Inability to bear weight or difficulty walking
- Grinding, clicking or other noise from the implant
Schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with our Exactech lawsuit lawyers and legal team at 800-359-5690 or fill out the form below.
What is wrong with Exactech Implants?
According to manufacturers, one of the packaging lawyers for the plastic insert failed to meet packaging requirements. As a result, the packaging may have allowed oxygen from the air to diffuse into the plastic insert before being implanted. This improper packaging has affected hip, knee and ankle replacement devices.
What Happens to Devices Exposed to Oxygen?
Exposure to oxygen increases oxidation which can severely degrade the mechanical properties of the devices. Oxidation can lead to the plastic in these devices wearing out sooner than expected in some patients.
Examples of worn-out Exactech devices include the acceleration of the following:
- Wear debris
- Bones loss
- Component Fatigue
Each of these scenarios can lead to corrective revision surgery.
Thousands of patients are eligible to file Exactech lawsuits due to the company’s carelessness in packaging its products.
Exactech Total Knee Replacement Recall
In February 2022, Exactech informed surgeons through an Urgent Medical Device Correction notice that most of its Exatech knee inserts manufactured from 2004 until 2022 were improperly packaged. The non-conforming packaging layers were on the part of the device that fits between the femoral component and the tibial component and acts as the new cushion or cartilage for the replaced knee joint.
Exactech Ankle Replace Recall
In the same February 2022 notice, Exactech recalled its total ankle replacement devices that were manufactured between 2017 and 2022. Much like the February knee recall, the plastic insert fits between the tibial and talar components as the new cushion or cartilage contains the same defect that allows the plastic to become oxidized.
Connexion GXL Hip Replacement Recall
In June 2021, just a little over 89,000 hip replacements with Exactech Connexion GLX Liners were recalled. The recall affected all serial numbers. The company issued “Urgent Medical Device Correction” letters to Exactech agents, representatives and distributors in possession of affected products.
In addition, Exactech supplied a surgeon’s letter to further explain the reason for the GXL Hip recall.
Exactech Recall: Which devices are affected?
The Exactech recall currently affects almost 150,000 devices manufactured since 2004. The knee and ankle implant recall includes the following devices:
- Optettrack Logic
Patients who have had any of the above devices implanted are likely to have received an improperly packaged unit, ultimately leading to a premature breakdown.
How do I Know if I Have a Recalled Implant?
Surgeons have been instructed to contact patients who received an Exactech knee, ankle or hip replacement. You may also be able to contact the hospital where your surgery was performed to find out the device used in your implant.
Symptoms of a Defective Device
Even if you haven’t been contacted by a medical professional, there are signs that you may want to get your device checked out. Issues that may occur as a result of a defective Exactech implant includes the following:
- Clicking, grinding, popping or other noises
- Inability to bear weight
- New or worsening pain
- Bone degeneration
- Premature wear or device failure
- Instability in the joint with the replacement device
- Unusual swelling
What do I need to do to File a Claim Against Exactech?
The first step to filing an Exactech Recall Lawsuit is to contact a qualified attorney to discuss your options. Our Exactach lawsuit legal team is available 24/7 at 800-359-5690.
Exactech Recall Lawsuit Lawyers Can Help
If your surgeon contacted you about an Exactech recalled device, please get in touch with us to discuss a potential claim against the product manufacturer.
We welcome calls from potential clients. Reach us at 800-359-5690.