Exactech® Implant Recall
If you had a knee or ankle replacement with an Exactech® implant using an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene liner and have had a revision or may need one, you may have a legal claim.
In February 2022, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued recalls of several knee and ankle replacement devices produced by medical device manufacturer, Exactech. These recalled devices were implanted in patients starting in 2004 and continuing even as late as 2022.
The affected components of the implants are inserts made of polyethylene, a type of plastic, which were packaged in non-conforming vacuum bags. This packaging error resulted in the inserts becoming oxidized, allowing them to degrade earlier than anticipated or become damaged once implanted into a patient’s body.
Exactech’s recalled devices include certain implants used in total knee replacements and total ankle replacement procedures that included the Exactech Knee and Ankle Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene component. This encompasses Exactech OPTETRAK®, OPTETRAK Logic®, and TRULIANT® tibial inserts and components, in addition to VANTAGE® fixed-bare lining components.
How do I know if I have a recalled Exactech® implant?
You may have received information from your orthopedic doctor, by letter or verbally. If not, your orthopedic doctor’s office should be able to tell you the manufacturer of your joint replacement system. We may be able to assist you with determining whether your Exactech® implant was recalled.
Zoll & Kranz is currently investigating cases related to the recalled Exactech products listed above for individuals who have experienced any of the following complications
- Instability in the joint
- Pain, swelling, or difficulty bearing weight;
- Instability or loosening in the joint;
- Noises from the implant, such as grinding or clicking;
- Revision surgery or additional medical treatment involving the implant.
I think I have injuries from a recalled Exactech® implant – what should I do next?
Our law firm is monitoring the ongoing process to consolidate claims involving these Exactech devices into a Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). Our attorneys possess years of experience representing clients in various MDLs and particularly in cases involving joint implant devices.
If you or a loved one has experienced any of these injuries after undergoing a knee or ankle replacement surgery with one of these Exactech devices, please contact our firm for a free case evaluation at 888-841-9623 or through the chat feature on our website.