On August 31, 2021 Exactech recalled 147,732 knee replacements already implanted into patients’ bodies. According to Exactech’s letter to surgeons, the plastic in the tibia component is wearing out and degrading much faster than expected. This plastic component acts as cartilage, or a cushion, between the metal components of the new knee joint.
Exactech was forced to expand the scope of its hip and ankle replacement implant recall. Exactech sent out a new recall notice letter to healthcare providers advising that the implant recall initiated back in February was being expanded to cover another 40,000 acetabular hip liner components in the company’s Connexion Novation, and other brand implant systems.
The recalled Exactech Knee replacements include:
- OPTETRAK Comprehensive Knee System
- TRULIANT Knee System
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) classifies this as a “Class 2” recall because the plastic in the knee replacement can cause temporary or medically reversible health problems. In some cases, a patient may need revision knee surgery to reverse the health damage. mctlaw represents clients filing lawsuits against Exactech for these defective knee implants. A recall for Exactech’s GXL hip replacements was issued, as well.