Exactech Knee Replacement Recall

More than 4 million Americans have undergone knee replacement surgery in the United States, many of whom were prescribed a knee replacement to treat arthritis or a knee injury and to restore movement.

But despite the widespread use, manufacturer Exactech recently issued a recall on Exactech knee replacement products due to premature failure.

Exactech did not undergo extensive testing for safety and effectiveness and the device is now being recalled because of the dangerous side effects caused by device malfunction.

Exactech knee replacements have a three-to-seven fold failure rate when compared to other manufacturers—a startling statistic considering the FDA approved this product for safe use years ago. These failures can lead to accelerated wear, bone loss, and more. Many people have required revision surgery because parts of their Exactech knee replacement loosened and failed prematurely, resulting in pain, limited mobility, knee swelling, and sensitivity.

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Our Exactech Medical Device Recall Attorneys Can Help

Waters Kraus & Paul helps victims of knee replacement recalls seek justice and compensation from manufacturers who failed to protect knee implant patients. Our team of experienced trial lawyers and a deep bench of medical and health experts across the country will work to ensure you receive justice for injuries caused by Exactech.

Why Are Exactech Knee Replacements Being Recalled?

​​In February 2022, Exactech recalled over 100,000 plastic inserts that were used in its knee replacements after discovering that the plastic can wear out early, causing the implant to fail and requiring corrective surgery.

Exactech’s recalled knee systems include:

  • OPTETRAK® (60,926 implants since 2004)
  • OPTETRAK Logic® (60,518 implants since 2009)
  • TRULIANT® (24,727 implants since 2017)

These recalled knee replacements contained a plastic insert made of Polyethylene, and were packaged in a defective vacuum bag, allowing oxygen to contact the plastic insert. This exposure to air leads to oxidation — a process that causes the plastic to wear out earlier than expected and become damaged after being implanted into the patient’s body.

About Exactech Knee Replacement Injuries 

Many people required revision surgery because the product loosened and failed prematurely, resulting in pain, limited mobility, knee swelling, and sensitivity.  Patients face an increased risk of knee replacement failure, complications caused by the defective plastic insert along with unnecessary medical bills, and pain and suffering.

Other injuries and Exactech knee implant complications include:

  • Bone degeneration (osteolysis) or bone loss
  • Bone fracture
  • New or worsening pain
  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • Inability to bear weight on the joint
  • Unstable knees
  • Trouble walking
  • Accelerated knee wear
  • Debris in the joint
  • Loosening
  • Grinding or other noise
  • Swelling or fluid build-up
  • Component cracking, fracture, or fatigue
  • Muscle loss
  • Limited range of motion
  • Needing another surgery

Exactech knew the polyethylene inserts in its knee replacement parts were not packaged with the required oxygen-resistant barrier layer to prevent oxidation, shirking its responsibility as a medical device company to make its products safe for patients. Because of this oversight, many who have undergone knee replacement surgery now face an increased risk of failure, complications caused by the defective plastic insert along with unnecessary medical bills, and pain and suffering.

How We Help Victims of Recalled Exactech Knee Replacements

Waters Kraus & Paul’s attorneys have a long, successful reputation of holding companies accountable for putting innocent people in danger with faulty medical devices. Our knee implant recall and medical device attorneys offer an enhanced level of victim support, and we’re ready to help you receive justice for injuries suffered from failed knee replacements made by Exactech.

We strongly recommend victims of recalled Exactech knee replacements do not file a claim through the Exactech website. Contact an experienced medical device attorney who knows your rights.

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Seek justice with the help of our experienced attorneys. We’ve battled institutions and corporate giants on behalf of individuals like you for over 20 years, aggressively fighting those responsible for injury and death caused by wrongdoing and fraud. We are proven trial lawyers with an impressive track record of tangible results for our clients. If you are a victim of a failed Exactech knee replacement, we can help you. Call our lawyers now to see if you have a case. 800.226.9880.

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