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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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.