Exactech Knee Implant Failure. Plastic polyethylene inserts with 147,732 recalled Exactech knee implant devices may degrade prematurely causing failure rates 3 to 7 times higher than other total knee replacement systems.
Artificial knee replacement surgeries have exploded, with 700,000 Americans annually undergoing knee replacement procedures. According to experts, the number of knee implants will likely quadruple over the next 10 years. Folks undergoing knee implants have knees damaged from degenerative arthritis, traumatic injuries, or age-related wear and tear.
Knee implant patients expect 15 to 20 years of future pain-free mobility.
Scope of the Exactech Knee Implant failure
A huge recall has begun for more than 140,000 Exactech knee implant replacement devices implanted in the United States since 2004. The Exactech knee implant replacement devices have a defectively packaged polyethylene insert that may cause the knee implants to fail prematurely, resulting in the need for additional painful and expensive surgery.
Exactech is a medical device manufacturer based in Gainesville, Florida, and now admits that it has been selling defective knee implant replacement systems for almost twenty years, including Exactech Optetrak, Optetrak Logic, Truliant, and Vantage makes of knee implants.
The Exactech Optetrak knee replacement system was approved for sale through the FDA’s notorious 510(k) fast-track process. Under this fast-track approval process, Exactech knee implants did not have to undergo extensive testing for safety and effectiveness, but only needed to show that the device was “substantially equivalent” to existing knee implants.
What’s the problem with the Exactech knee implant?
The Exactech Optetrak knee replacement system was first sold in the United States in 1994. Exactech may have incorrectly packaged the plastic polyethylene insert. This defective packaging allows the plastic inserts to oxidize before they are implanted, causing the component to develop microfractures and cracks leading to premature failure, or becoming damaged once implanted.
As a result of the Exactech knee failure, patients may develop severe knee pain, swelling or joint instability, pain in walking, or difficulty to weight bear. Some patients experiencing Exactech knee failure note knee grinding, and clicking, leading to knee revision surgery or procedures to replace the worn-out plastic polyethylene insert.
The scope of the Exactech knee implant recall
The Exactech knee implant recall involves 60,926 Exactech Optetrak knee implants, 60,518 Exactech Optetrak Logic knee implants, and 24,727 Exactech Truliant knee implants.
Dallas, Texas Exactech lawsuit
A Dallas, Texas man recently filed a product liability lawsuit, claiming that his defective Exactech Optetrak knee implant caused premature failure of the implant. According to Anthony Palumbo, he needed painful and expensive revision surgery only a few years after he got the knee implant.
Anthony Palumbo, filed his claim in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, alleging that the Exactech knee implant was defectively designed and unreasonably designed.
National Registries confirm higher failure rates with Exactech Knee Implants
Data submitted to national joint registries of Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand have confirmed that the Exactech Optetrak knee failure rates are substantially higher than what is seen with other total knee replacement systems. The overall rate of knee replacement failures with Exactech Optetrak was two times higher.
The rates of knee replacement and revision surgery involving premature polyethylene insert failure, there is a three to seven-fold failure rate when compared to other manufacturers.
Exactech Optetrak Knee Lawsuits
Recently, several Exactech Optetrak knee lawsuits have been filed by patients who complained of premature failure, noting that the knee implants had a horrendous failure rate.
EXACTECH KNEE RECALL LAWSUITS. Did you or a loved one experience problems with an Exactech Optetrak, Optetrak Logic, or Truliant knee replacement? Dr. Shezad Malik law firm based in Dallas, Texas now reviewing Exactech knee implant failure and revision cases nationwide. Please call 214-390-3189 or email us for further information.
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Shezad Malik is an Internal Medicine and Cardiology specialist, a Texas Medical Doctor (retired) and Defective Medical Device and Dangerous Drug Attorney. Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm has offices based in Fort Worth and Dallas and represents people who have suffered catastrophic and serious personal injuries including wrongful death, caused by the negligence or recklessness of others.