Exactech, a medical device company, has recalled hundreds of thousands of its knee, hip, and ankle joint replacement systems due to faulty packaging.
Who might be affected?
Many Americans suffer from joint pain in their ankles and knees. Often, the solution is replacement of the joint. But, for those with an Exactech replacement, the device may fail more quickly due to faulty packaging of the component parts.
What is wrong with the joint replacement systems?
Arthroplasty polyethylene inserts are the plastic liners between the two metallic surfaces in a fixed-bearing knee, hip, or ankle replacement system. Exactech packaged these inserts in vacuum bags, but later discovered the bags were faulty; the vacuum bags did not fully protect the liners from oxygen and, as a result, the liners were compromised and prone to fail at higher rates. The degradation of the liners reduces the strength and integrity of the liner, accelerates wear, and can cause bone loss, cracks, and fractures. All of these complications often require corrective revision surgery.
What are Symptoms of Joint Replacement Failure:
Initial signs and symptoms of joint replacement include:
- New or worsening pain;
- Inability to bear weight;
- Grinding, clicking, or other noises;
- New swelling (after the initial surgical incisions have healed); and
- Joint instability.
If you are experiencing these or similar symptoms, you may need to seek medical attention to evaluate whether your knee or ankle replacement is failing.
Wagstaff Law Firm Lawyers Can Help
If you are experiencing problems with an Exactech knee, hip, or ankle replacement system, Wagstaff Law Firm may be able to help. We offer a free consultation and we'll gladly discuss your case with you at your convenience. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.