Knee and ankle replacements are complex medical procedures designed to drastically improve patients’ day-to-day lifestyles. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened for many people who have undergone knee and ankle replacement with defective Exactech Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) Knee and Ankle Inserts.
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What are Exactech Knee and Ankle Polyethylene Inserts?
During knee and ankle replacement procedures, metal components are inserted to stabilize the affected area. Exactech Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) Knee and Ankle Inserts fit between those metal components in knee and ankle replacements to help protect and cushion surrounding joints.
Exactech Polyethylene Knee and Ankle Inserts Recall and Failure
The Exactech polyethylene inserts sold with Optetrak, Optetrak Logic, Truliant, and Vantage total joint replacements were supposed to be inserted into vacuum bags that would limit oxygen from spreading throughout the plastic knee or ankle insert during storage or before implantation. Exposure to oxygen in this situation can cause the inserts to degrade over time and lead to early device failure. Ultimately, Exactech failed to properly package their joint replacement products and this oxygen exposure led to the polyethylene plastic inserts to wear down after insertion in the knee or ankle, leading to its failure and ultimately requiring revision surgery.
As mentioned, the recall affects components from the following knee and ankle replacement systems:
- Exactech Optetrak Knee Replacement
- Exactech Optetrak Logic Knee Implant
- Exactech Truliant Knee Replacement
- Exactech Vantage Total Ankle Repair
Symptoms of Medical Complications Resulting from Exactech Knee and Ankle Polyethylene Inserts:
- Joint Pain
- Stiffness in knee or ankle
- Limited mobility
- Accelerated joint wear
- Debris from joint
- Cracking, fracturing, or fatigue of the implant components
- Osteolysis — disappearance or degeneration of bone tissue resulting in bone loss
- Revision surgery
What To Do If You Have Suffered an Injury or Setback from an Exactech Knee and Ankle Polyethylene Insert
Contact one of our personal injury attorneys today if you underwent knee or ankle replacement surgery and have suffered an injury, setback, or required a revision surgery due to faulty Exactech Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) Knee and Ankle Inserts.
At Cory Watson Attorneys, we have more than 30 years of experience with defective medical device lawsuits and almost two decades working specifically on mesh related cases. We will evaluate your case 100% free of charge and help you determine whether or not you are eligible for financial compensation.