Exactech Knee Replacement Lawyer
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 This procedure becomes necessary when the knee is no longer active due to pain or injury.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. Call an Exactech knee replacement lawyer if you have suffered injuries or a worsened medical condition after receiving one of these devices.
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 the Exactech Optetrak Knee Implant?
According to the FDA, serious complications may be associated with any total knee joint replacement procedure. 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
Anyone looking to file a lawsuit against Exactech should discuss the symptoms they’ve experienced from their knee replacement with their attorney.
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. To see if you qualify for a lawsuit against Exactech for your knee replacement, contact one of our experienced lawyers today.
File an Exactech Knee Replacement Lawsuit With the Help of an Attorney
If you received an Exactech Optetrak knee implant and suffered serious complications, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries by working with an Exactech knee replacement lawyer. 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