Update: Exactech Knee Recalled Over Premature Failure Risk
A sweeping recall of the Exactech knee and ankle replacement systems (2.) has been announced after it was discovered that they contained a defective plastic insert component that causes them to fail prematurely.
The insert systems have been around since 2004 and used in approximately 140,000 knee and ankle replacement surgeries. The Exactech insert systems affected by the recall include:
Exactech issued the recall after discovering that the polyethylene insert components of all systems made after 2004 were packaged in defective vacuum-seal bags. The defective packing caused the oxidation of the polyethylene insert material. This defect will be the core of any Exactech knee replacement lawsuit.
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What’s the Problem?
Exactech has manufactured prosthetic knee replacement devices for over 30 years, and the Optetrak line of implants has been sold on the U.S. market since 1994. However, models produced in 2011 and 2012 were different in that they featured a “finned” tibial tray, which some believe may not properly bond with surgical cement.
Optetrak knee implants that were manufactured with finned tibial trays have been reported to fail prematurely (in many cases in as little as 1-2 years after surgery), and may cause other adverse health consequences.
Exactech Optetrak Knee Recall
In July 2012, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced a nationwide recall  for the Optetrak Cemented Trapezoid Tibial Tray, Size 1F/1T, 2F/1T, and the Optetrak Rotating Bearing Knee Tibial Tray, Finned, Cemented Tibial Tray, Size 2F/1T. Both trays have the potential to be mislabeled, according to the FDA.
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Knee Replacement Complications
- Severe pain
- Bone damage
- Muscle damage
- Loss of / lack of bonding of the knee implant to the bone
- Tibial loosening
- Disassociation of the insert
- Change in position of the components
- Patello-Femoral Tracking-Lateral Release
- Knee replacement failure
- The need for knee replacement revision surgery
Total Knee Replacement Surgery
Total knee replacement (TKR), also known as arthroplasty, involves resurfacing the damaged bone and cartilage of the knee joint. During this procedure, the joint is exposed by an incision made down the center of the knee. The damaged portion of the femur, tibia, and the patella is then removed and replaced with metal and/or plastic components which are intended to replicate the knee’s natural movement and function.
Symptoms of Knee Replacement Failure
- Knee pain
- Reduced range of motion
- Loss of mobility
- Instability or trouble balancing
Knee Replacement Alternatives
Total knee replacement with devices like the Exactech Optetrak implant should only be considered when all other options have failed. Many patients can benefit from alternative treatments, which include:
- Weight loss and exercise - Losing just a few pounds can take a huge amount of strain off the knee over the course of daily activities.
- Physical therapy - Can help reduce pain associated with knee injury and help improve mobility.
- Knee injections (hyaluronic acid) - Lubricates the knee joint and improves shock absorption, which helps reduce pain and improve knee mobility.
- Acupuncture - Ancient Chinese method that uses sharp, thin needles to impact nerves and change the flow of energy within the body.
- Arthroscopic surgery - Far less invasive than total knee replacement, arthroscopy involves removing bone fragments and pieces of torn meniscus, while repairing ligaments and damaged cartilage.
Pennsylvania Woman Alleges Complications from Exactech Knee Replacement
January 19, 2018 - A woman from West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, claims in a new products liability lawsuit that she was injured by a defective Exactech Optetrak Knee replacement device. The suit was filed by Plaintiff Diane Stanesic, who alleges that she underwent a total knee arthroplasty with a defective Exactech Optetrak knee implant. As a result of problems with the device, Stanesic needed revision surgery to remove the device, according to the lawsuit.
Georgia Plaintiff Claims 'Severe and Permanent Injuries' from Exactech Knee
October 2, 2017 - A patient who underwent knee replacement surgery with the Exactech Optetrak implant has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, alleging that the "device caused him severe and permanent injuries," as well as the need for rehabilitation and ongoing medical care.
Get a Free Exactech Optetrak Knee Implant Lawsuit Evaluation With Our Lawyers
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Exactech Knee Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new knee implant complications cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were forced to undergo revision surgery or suffered complications after knee surgery, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.