Exactech Knee Replacement Lawsuits: Complication Lawsuits
Commonly asked questions about Exactech knee replacement devices:
- What are Exactech Knee Replacement Devices?
- What are the Types of Exactech Knee Replacement Devices?
- What are Complications of Exactech Knee Replacement Devices?
- Was the Exactech Optetrak Knee Implant Recalled?
- What are the Criteria for Filing an Exactech Optetrak Knee Implant Lawsuit?
- Can I file a Defective Exactech Knee Replacement Device Lawsuit?
- Our No-Fee Promise on Exactech Knee Replacement Cases
- How Do I Start an Exactech Knee Replacement Claim?
Recently, there have been increasing concerns about knee replacement devices manufactured by Exactech, Inc. Some of these devices have caused serious harm and injury to people who have had knee replacement surgery. If you have received knee replacement surgery and are experiencing complications, you may have a case against the device manufacturer.
What are Exactech Knee Replacement Devices?
Exactech knee replacement devices are designed for patients who require knee replacement surgery. This procedure becomes necessary when the knee is no longer active due to pain or injury.
The Exactech devices are designed to work in harmony with the knee muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones. The goal of knee replacement surgery is too reduce pain, increase stability, and improve range of motion.
What are the Types of Exactech Knee Replacement Devices?
Most notably, Exactech manufactures the Optetrak knee implant devices. The company manufactures numerous other knee implant devices, but the Optetrak system was unique in that its design featured a “finned” tibial tray, unlike previous Exactech devices that featured a “fit” tibial tray.
The finned design proved to be problematic, as it did not promote adherence to the surgical cement used to attach it. This prevented the device from being able to endure stress placed on the joint.
In an effort to remedy the defective devices, Exactech changed their Optetrak knee implants to have a fit tibial tray, just two years after the device’s initial release.
What are Complications of Exactech Knee Replacement Devices?
Although knee surgery is often deemed as safe, there are still a number of complications that can occur when implanting this device.
The most common complications include:
- Surgical complications – Infection, heart attack, or stroke due to surgical trauma can be possible, yet small infections can be treated with antibiotics.
- Blood clots – One of the biggest post-surgical risks of knee replacement include blood clots; which can become life threatening if they come loose and travel to the lungs.
- Nerve Damage – In rare cases, nerve damage can occur to the knee and regions close to the leg.
Even if the surgery is successful, the patient can experience complications as soon as two years after the device was implanted. In the case of an Optetrak knee implant, if the device has not adhered to the surgical cement properly because of the “finned” design, you could experience these symptoms:
- Loose tibial component
- Limited mobility
- Knee swelling and sensitivity
- Visible loosening
- Necessary revision surgery due to loosening
It is always crucial to review with you doctor on the risks and complications that can occur once deciding to implant an Exactech knee replacement device.
Was the Exactech Optetrak Knee Implant Recalled?
There is no recall related to the Exactech Optetrak knee implant, as the high rate of early failure was not reported to the FDA.
Rather than recalling the implants due to their “finned” tray design, Exactech systematically replaced customers’ old inventory with a new version of the implant redesigned in 2013 to have a “fit” tray.
Initially, the Optetrak devices were brought to the market via the FDA’s 510(k) process of approval. This means that the device simply had to have a similar intended use and be at least as safe and effective as a device already on the market. If the device is determined to be substantially equivalent to an existing device, no further testing needs to be done.
This “fast-tracked” method clearly prevented a serious device defect from being detected, and hundred of patients suffered complications as a result.
What are the Criteria for Filing an Exactech Optetrak Knee Implant Lawsuit?
If you received an Exactech Optetrak knee implant and suffered serious complications, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. In order to file an Exactech knee replacement lawsuit, certain criteria must be met, including:
- Received Exactech knee implant in 2011 or later
- Had revision surgery to replace the implant
- Had the original implant for eight years or less prior to revision surgery
Can I file a Defective Exactech Knee Replacement Device Lawsuit?
Our dangerous device attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was harmed by knee replacement surgery.
Lawsuits have been filed against Exactech by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused by the dangerous devices. You may be entitled to a settlement.
We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement and we pay all of the case costs. If your claim is not successful for any reason, you do not owe us anything. We put it all in writing for you.
Our defective knee lawyers will help you file your lawsuit.
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How Do I Start an Exactech Knee Replacement Claim?
Our knee replacement lawyers will help you file your lawsuit. To get started, you can:
- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
- Call (866) 280-3417 any time of day to tell us about your case.
We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have claim, we will start immediately.
WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing Exactech knee replacement lawsuit claims.