Exactech is a multinational medical device manufacturer that designs and manufactures orthopedic medical devices such as joint implants. Recently in 2022, several thousand Exactech hip, knee, and ankle polyethylene inserts have been recalled.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is actively reminding patients and healthcare providers about these faulty joint replacement devices, specifically those manufactured by Exactech between 2004 and August 2021.[i]
In the Exactech recall lawsuits, patients are alleging that these faulty implants, primarily knee implants, caused severe injuries and life-threatening complications. The faulty Exactech products were being shipped in defective packaging bags, which allowed the devices to denature before being used.[ii]
If you are unsure whether your implant is covered by the recall, you should either: (1) make an appointment with the original surgeon who installed the Exactech device or (2) another experienced orthopedic specialist or (3) a combination of the two.
Your selected physician will likely conduct a bone loss study among other radiological exams before settling on a treatment plan.
Many patients have already required revision surgeries to replace their defective Exactech implants, and many more join the list each month.[iii] Revision surgery due to a failed or recalled Exactech implant device can be painful, expensive and may not be covered by insurance.
Yet, if it is discovered that you do have a recalled Exactech joint implant device, you should get the implant removed immediately as the faulty product will only further worsen your condition.
If you end up undergoing revision surgery and get your Exactech implant removed, you should request that the surgeon holds onto the removed device as it will function as important evidence down the road. Further, our Exactech attorneys are unable to file a lawsuit against Exactech until the implant gets removed, so this is an important step on the road to justice.