Exactech Knee and Ankle Replacement Lawsuit

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Exactech knee and ankle implants have been recalled and people across the U.S are suffering painful complications. If you received an Exactech implant after 2003, contact KNR today about possible compensation.

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    Summary

    Exactech Knee & Ankle Recall

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    Exactech knee and ankle implant devices made since 2004 did not include the necessary vacuum bag meant to preserve the implants from deterioration. This product defect resulted in undue wear of the plastic insert within the replacement and many patients are experiencing painful complications and the need for additional surgery.

    It is expected that the recall includes approximately 145,000 knee implants and approximately 1500 ankle implants – potentially hundreds of thousands of patients.

    What Exactech Implants Were Recalled?

    Exactech recalled all Optetrak, Truliant, and Vantage knee and ankle replacement liners manufactured from 2004 to now. The company has advised surgeons to stop using the implants and return unused devices to Exactech.

    The Exactech recall includes:

    • Optetrak All-Polyethylene CR Tibial Components
    • Optetrak All-Polyethylene PS Tibial Components
    • Optetrak CR Tibial Inserts
    • Optetrak CR Slope Tibial Inserts
    • Optetrak PS Tibial Inserts
    • Optetrak Hi-Flex PS Tibial Inserts
    • Optetrak Logic CR Tibial Inserts
    • Optetrak Logic CR Slope Tibial Inserts
    • Optetrak Logic CRC Tibial Inserts
    • Optetrak Logic PS Tibial Inserts
    • Optetrak Logic PSC Tibial Inserts
    • Optetrak Logic CC Tibial Inserts
    • Truliant CR Tibial Inserts
    • Truliant CR Slope Tibial Inserts
    • Truliant CRC Tibial Inserts
    • Truliant PS Tibial Inserts
    • Truliant PSC Tibial Inserts
    • Vantage Fixed-Bearing Liner Component

    If you believe you may have one of the recalled Exactech knee or ankle implants, call your doctor to discuss treatment options and contact KNR about your legal right to pursue litigation against those responsible.

     
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    Background

    Why Are Exactech Knee & Ankle Implants Being Recalled?

    Most of the knee and ankle replacements manufactured by Exactech since 2004 came with polyethylene plastic inserts that were made “out of specification,” and were capable of letting oxygen into the packaging.

    This increased oxygen exposure, while the implant was being stored, can lead to a chemical reaction called “oxidation.” As a result of oxidation, the plastic becomes weakened, causing them to wear out sooner and more likely to crack, break, and otherwise fail inside a patient’s body.

    Premature wear of the plastic liners within your knee or ankle replacement can cause painful symptoms and the need for an invasive corrective procedure referred to as revision surgery. Revision is usually a more complicated surgery than the original joint replacement and often requires longer surgical times, additional components, and prolonged recoveries.

    Signs of a Faulty Knee & Ankle Implant

    Symptoms associated with failing Exactech knee and ankle joint implants are usually related to bone loss or particle debris being released from the degraded plastic liner. Make sure you contact your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following. Your Exactech implant may be one of the recalled devices:

    • Clicking or grinding noises from your implant
    • Pain while walking
    • Swelling in the joint
    • Chronic or worsening joint pain
    • Instability or limited mobility
    • Osteolysis or bone tissue loss
    • Device failure or malfunction
    • Revision surgery
    Doctors have started reaching out to affected patients. If you received a letter notifying you of the Exactech recall or you are experiencing symptoms, contact your physician to assess your condition and need for further treatment. Even if you’re not experiencing symptoms, it’s important to monitor your situation.
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    What’s Next?

    Exactech Lawsuit & Possible Compensation

    You deserve the chance to recover financially for your losses.

    If you or a loved one have one of the recalled Exactech knee or ankle implants please contact KNR. By taking legal action, you can ensure you are fairly and fully compensated for everything you endured because of their faulty product.

    Be Careful About Exactech Reimbursement Claims

    Some communications to affected patients have stated that Exactech will reimburse you for the out-of-pocket costs related to follow-up care and additional surgeries. However, by accepting their offer, you are likely signing away your right to all the compensation you deserve.

    Your best option is to discuss your unique situation with KNR. You may be entitled to additional compensation for all your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.

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