Recently, I covered the Exactech recall for knee and ankle replacements. There is a new development surrounding Exactech’s hip replacement devices – they have been found to be faulty.
When a person needs a hip or joint replacement, they often experience a poor quality of life. Limited mobility and chronic pain are not only physical impairments, but chronic pain can have a devastating impact on one’s mental health.
Why has Exactech recalled their hip replacement devices?
Exactech’s hip replacement devices promised many patients a new lease on life, only to have the device fail from wear within five years – a very short life span for such procedures.
The company recalled its Connexion GXL acetabular polyethylene liner in June of 2021. This liner is used in hip implant devices but was recalled due to premature wear.
While Exactech claimed that the risk of edge-loading and premature prosthesis wear was possible only in certain subgroups of patients (such as ones with specific implant configurations), studies have shown a different story.
It has now been proven that there is a general link between the Connexion GXL liner and catastrophic early polyethylene wear. Through these studies, we have discovered that the average duration of time between the initial hip implant and the diagnosed hip implant liner failure was five years or less. This is an incredibly short time span.
What can I do if my Exactech hip replacement fails?
Many people have endured catastrophic pain and injuries due to device failure, which is the last thing a patient needs after having been through surgery and rehabilitation.
If you or a loved one have questions about your Exactech medical device, whether it’s for ankle, knee, or hip replacements, the product liability attorneys at Allen & Allen are happy to speak with you. And if you have experienced a device failure from Exactech, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free consultation, call 866-388-1307 today.