On February 7, 2022 Exactech, Inc, headquartered in Gainesville, Florida, issued a voluntary recall of its popular Exactech total knee replacement that was manufactured between the years of 2004 and 2022. The Exactech knee recall is centered around one component and insert of the knee replacement device.
Why is the Exactech Knee Replacement Being Recalled?
According to the Exactech, Inc.
“During a recent review of its knee implant manufacturing process, Exactech learned that one of the packaging layers for the plastic insert has been out of specification and may allow oxygen from the air to diffuse into the plastic insert prior to it being implanted in your knee. If a large amount of oxygen diffuses into the plastic insert while it’s being stored and before it is implanted, this can lead to a process called oxidation, which can cause the plastic to wear out earlier than expected or to become damaged after it is implanted into the patient’s body.”
“Exactech has found that the tibial plastic insert in the out of specification bag can wear out earlier than expected in some patients. Premature wear of the plastic insert of your knee replacement can lead to the need for additional surgery (also known as revision surgery). In those cases where the plastic has worn out earlier than expected or has been damaged, we will evaluate your knee replacement and decide whether additional treatment is needed. Determination of whether the plastic is worn is accomplished by examining your knee in the office and obtaining x-rays. After this evaluation is complete, we will decide if additional treatment, including revision surgery, is necessary.”
Explanation of Exactech Knee Recall
As shown in the diagram below, a standard knee replacement has four parts:
- The femoral component (this is the metal piece that attaches to your thigh bone, also known as your “femur”)
- The tibial tray (this is the metal piece that fits into your shin bone, also known as your “tibia”)
- The patellar component (this is the piece of plastic that fits onto your kneecap, also known as the patella)
- The tibial polyethylene (plastic) insert (this is the plastic that fits between the femoral component and tibial component and acts as the new cushion or cartilage for your replaced knee joint)
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If you or someone you love has been implanted with an Exactech total knee replacement, you should contact our lawyers today. You may be entitled to financial compensation by filing an Exactech knee lawsuit.
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