Exactech® has recalled nearly 148,000 knee / ankle replacements and roughly 90,000 hip replacements with polyethylene components as a result of packaging issues. If you’ve had a knee, ankle or hip replacement surgery using an Exactech implant, you may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer. Click on the button below to get started.
According to the recall page on their website, Exactech is offering to cover “recall-related-out-of-pocket” expenses if patients file a claim through them. Filing a claim with them would result in you having to pay all treatment costs upfront, and then hope to be reimbursed later. There is no guarantee they will reimburse all costs associated, or if they will cover all losses, such as pain and suffering, lost quality of life or future medical expenses from the injuries.
Filing a case with a trusted law firm could result in more coverage of loses not covered by Exactech’s internal claims offer.
Patients nationwide have used Exactech knee replacement systems. Late last year, the FDA announced a class 2 recall of more than 148,000 knee and ankle implants. This was allegedly caused by issues with the product’s packaging. It failed to protect the devices from potentially harmful exposure to oxygen. This exposure caused the polyethylene to degrade faster than normal.
Exactech was able to determine that implants manufactured since 2004 were packaged in out-of-specification vacuum bags that lacked the proper resistant to oxygen. This allowed more oxygen to diffuse into the UHMWPE (ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene) insert, resulting in increased oxidation. Over time, oxidation can severely degrade the mechanical properties of UHMWPE, which can lead to both accelerated wear, patient bone loss and/or component cracking/fractures. These side effects would eventually lead to corrective revision surgery.
If you’ve had a hip, knee or ankle replacement surgery using an Exactech branded implant, you may be eligible to file a claim.
The recalled Exactech Knee replacements include Opterak, Truliant and Vantage knee systems. You can ask your doctor which model you were implanted with.
Recalled Exactech knee and ankle replacements include:
If you’re unsure if you are affected, you use can use Exactech’s website to look up the serial number of your implant.
You might want to consider filing a claim if you’ve experienced any of the following symptoms:
Our attorneys and support staff will stop at nothing to get you all the compensation you deserve for your damages. A typical Exactech case we file includes the following:
Not sure if your implant fits these criteria? You can fill out our form by clicking on the blue button below and one of our helpful team members will discuss your situation with you.