Exactech recalled about 140,000 knee replacements that were implanted since 2004 because they can wear out faster than normal, crack or break, and require revision surgery.
Need a Texas Exactech Knee Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one was injured or needed surgery for a bad knee replacement, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.
UPDATE: Exactech Recalls 140,000 Knee Replacements
In February 2022, Exactech issued a recall forabout 140,000 knee replacements that were implanted since 2004. The problem is that the implants contain a plastic component that was packaged in a defective bag. The component can wear out early, crack or break, cause bone loss, and other problems that require corrective surgery.
The recall involves the following implants:
- Exactech Optetrak knee implants
- Exactech Optetrak Logic knee implants
- Exactech Truliant knee implants
According to Exactech:
“[The problem] can lead to both accelerated wear debris production and bone loss, and/or component fatigue cracking/fracture, all leading to corrective revision surgery.”
Signs of Knee Implant Failure
- Unstable knee
- Limited flexibility
- Bone or muscle damage
- Trouble walking
Exactech Knee Implant Failures
Exactech Inc. has been selling the Optetrak® knee replacement since 1994, but the company slightly changed the design in 2011 and 2012 — with devastating results. Experts are concerned that the “finned” tibial trays may not adequately bond to the patient’s knee bones.
Study Finds “Poor Results” Of Exactech Optetrak Knee
This may explain why patients are reporting pain, premature loosening, and other problems that require revision surgery for knee implant failure. In 2012, a study of 110 patients warned about “poor results of the Optetrak” and high rates of failure.
For example, the study showed that 12% of patients needed revision surgery within 5 years — primarily due to tibial loosening, instability, and pain. Furthermore, 22% were “evolving toward tibial implant loosening” and another 22% were so painful they required painkillers.
Exactech Knee Recall & Settlement
In December 2010, Exactech paid a $3 million settlement to the Justice Department for allegedly paying kickbacks to orthopedic surgeons who used the company’s knee replacements. Exactech also recalled Optetrak knee implants in 2012 due to mislabeling.
About Class Actions
Class actions can be beneficial when a large group of people are seeking a relatively small amount of compensation, like a refund. Everyone joins together and shares the payout equally if compensation is awarded through a settlement or courtroom trial.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Class Action
The problem with class actions is that members all have to share the payout — even members who have far more serious legal claims than the average plaintiff. This can be a disadvantage for injury lawsuits.
Our lawyers are filing individual lawsuits for people who were injured by an Exactech knee replacement. We hold companies accountable for selling defective medical devices and we help victims seek compensation for their injuries, hospital bills, disabilities, and more.
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