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RECALL ALERT: Exactech Knee and Ankle Implant Replacement Devices

More than 145,000 knee and ankle replacement surgeries using Exactech knee and ankle implant replacement devices have been done in the United States since 2004. Surgeons used Exactech replacements medical devices to replace arthritic or injured joints. However, in August 2021 and again in February 2022, Exactech recalled knee and ankle implants due to patient complications, which subsequently led to a required revisional surgery. 

Exactech Legal Issues

The Florida-based company, founded in 1985, focuses on manufacturing joint implants for people who suffer from injuries or joint diseases like arthritis and providing helpful tools for surgeons. Exactech issued a recall for its polyethylene ankle and knee implant inserts because defective packaging could cause early degradation. The recalled inserts were packaged in out-of-specification bags that could allow oxygen to get to the insert and cause them to degrade and lead to premature implant failure. The company has faced lawsuits for knowingly selling defective products to government entities and allegedly engaging in illegal consulting agreements with doctors. 

Recalled Knee and Ankle Replacements

Recently, the medical device manufacturer Exactech, Inc. announced a recall of more than 140,000 knee and ankle implants. Just this year, Exactech recalled over 100,000 plastic inserts used in its knee replacements after discovering that the plastic can wear out early, causing the implant to fail and requiring corrective surgery. The company admitted selling defective knee implant replacement systems for almost twenty years, including Optetrak (knee), Optetrak Logic (knee), Truliant (knee), and Vantage (ankle). Exactech advised surgeons not to implant nonconforming products and to return conforming and nonconforming devices to Exactech. 

Be Aware of Possible Symptoms

Symptoms associated with polyethylene wear are usually related to bone loss or excessive particle debris released from the degraded liner. But some people may suffer bone loss, also called osteolysis, without symptoms. Make sure you contact your doctor to see if you need to monitor your implant for potential future issues, even if you don’t currently have symptoms. 

Symptoms to watch for include:

  • Clicking in your knee, ankle, or hip
  • Inability to bear weight
  • Instability
  • Noises such as grinding coming from the implant
  • Pain while walking
  • Swelling in the joint

If you have an Exactech knee or ankle device implanted which was not packaged properly, the device may begin to break down much earlier than expected. If you aren’t sure if your Exactech implant has been recalled, you can look up your device’s serial number on Exactech’s website. Product liability lawsuits against Exactech seek several types of compensation for injuries caused by recalled or defective products.

We Are Here To Help

If you or a loved one had an Exactech implanted in your knee or ankle that has been giving you problems, you might need a professional attorney you can trust to handle your case. At Edelman, Krasin, & Jaye, PLLC, we offer more than 60 years of combined experience. We have convenient office locations in Long Island, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, and we know how to approach these cases to get the results you need. Our firm is committed to bringing the compensation you deserve. Contact our New York offices by phone at 800-469-7429 to schedule an appointment. You can also contact us using our online contact form and our Live Chat application on our website to have your questions answered at any time.