Because prosthesis implants can be exceptionally adept in helping people regain their mobility without pain and discomfort, thousands of patients have been implanted with replacement systems. However, hip, knee, and ankle implants have an established history of severe issues and defects.
Beginning in the summer of 2021, Exactech began recalling polyethylene liners for some of its knee and ankle implants, specifically Exactech Connexion GXL acetabular liner in hip replacements. The manufacturer issued the recall due to early failure of the liner from wear and tear, stating that: “There is a risk of edge-loading and premature prosthesis wear, so it is possible in a specific subset of patients with certain implant configurations and surgical implant positioning.”
By February 2022, the company expanded its recall to include “all knee and ankle arthroplasty polyethylene inserts packaged in non-conforming bags regardless of label or shelf life.” In June of 2021, Exactech issued a letter informing its purchasing doctors that the company was phasing out the polyethylene Exactech GXL Connexion liners used in its Novation, Acumatch, and MCS systems hip replacement products. However, this is not a recall, and the company will transition to its new XLE polyethylene liner infused with Vitamin E.
Recalled Exactech products
Exactech does not describe their transition from GXL hip liners as a recall, but similar to the recall process, hip replacement patients should speak with their surgeon. They can confirm the model and make of your hip replacement and whether an Exactech GXL liner was implanted.
While on the market, all three generations of the Exactech knee systems have had polyethylene inserts packaged in defective bags. Exactech recalled all Optetrak, Truliant, and Vantage brand knee and ankle replacement liners that were manufactured as early as 2004. Additionally, the company advised surgeons not to implant defective products and to return any conforming and nonconforming devices to Exactech.
Recalled Exactech knee and ankle implants include:
- Optetrak All-Polyethylene CR Tibial Components
- Optetrak All-Polyethylene PS Tibial Components
- Optetrak CR Tibial Inserts
- Optetrak CR Slope Tibial Inserts
- Optetrak PS Tibial Inserts
- Optetrak Hi-Flex PS Tibial Inserts
- Optetrak Logic CR Tibial Inserts
- Optetrak Logic CR Slope Tibial Inserts
- Optetrak Logic CRC Tibial Inserts
- Truliant CR Tibial Inserts
- Truliant CR Slope Tibial Inserts
- Truliant CRC Tibial Inserts
- Truliant PS Tibial Inserts
- Truliant PSC Tibial Inserts
- Vantage Fixed-Bearing Liner Component
What to do if you have an Exactech Connexion GXL hip liner
Symptoms of polyethylene wear are associated with bone loss or excessive particle debris released from the degraded liner. However, some people may suffer bone loss, also known as osteolysis, without symptoms. Contact your surgeon to determine whether you should monitor your implant for potential future issues, even if you do not currently have any symptoms.
Premature prosthesis wear can also cause one or more of the following:
- New or worsening pain
- Inability to bear weight in the area
- Device loosening
- Grinding or other noises coming from the implant
- Recurrent swelling
- Failure to bond to the bone
- Instability in the knee or ankle
- Component fatigue, cracking, or fracturing
- Tissue and nerve damage
- Metallosis or metal debris shed into the bloodstream
- Revision surgery
- Clicking in your knee, ankle, or hip
- Pain while walking
- Swelling in the joint
You should contact your surgeon immediately if you have a hip implant with a GXL liner. Exactech recommends doctors closely monitor patients with recalled inserts for potential osteolysis and excessive wearing by using imaging to determine excessive wear or bone and tissue damage.
Some patients have contacted Exactech to be reimbursed for out-of-pocket costs, such as medical bills from doctor visits or potential surgery. Lawyers across America are currently investigating Exactech claims, and patients may choose to file Exactech replacement lawsuits in an attempt to be compensated for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Other damages
Goldberg & Rosen can help victims of the GXL Hip Liner Recall
Hip implants should provide enhanced joint function and relief from pain. However, you may face serious medical complications when implanted with a defective device such as the Connexion GXL.
Our legal team at Goldberg & Rosen will work relentlessly on your behalf, holding the manufacturer accountable and ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve. During your initial evaluation with our legal team, we’ll review the facts of your case and determine whether you’re entitled to recover damages.
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