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Exactech is a well-known knee replacement medical device manufacturer which has been manufacturing and selling knee replacement implants since 1994.  The Defective Knee Replacement Lawsuit Attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen are currently filing knee Implant injury claims on behalf of patients who have had a subsequent revision procedure.

When a patient undergoes a knee replacement surgery they are expected to receive up to 15 years of a pain-free lifestyle with excellent stability and mobility in that knee. However, if a knee replacement implant fails prematurely, severe complications will occur and the failure is probably due to a design or manufacturing defect. These complications often occur within three to five years after the surgery.

“Fast Track” FDA Approval Of Knee Replacement System

Sadly, there have been numerous reports to the FDA of complaints of the Optetrak system failing. We believe the reason for the failures was because this knee replacement product was “fast-tracked” through the FDA approval process.  This process is called the 510(k) process. This process “fast tracks” a product to get it to market quickly.

Exactech was able to get the Optetrak knee system to market quicker and thereby quickly gain market share in the knee replacement implant business. Unfortunately, as a result of this expedited approval process, there is less product testing of the device before the product is permitted to be sold on the marketplace. In the past, we and our defective medical device implant Attorneys have represented thousands of patients which due to the 510(k) process have had medical devices which have prematurely failed, caused injury and/or required a revision procedure.

Our knee replacement lawsuit attorneys and partners are actively taking cases across the country of patients who suffered injuries as a result of the Optetrak knee replacement system by Exactech. We are filing lawsuits against Exactech due to their defective Obtetrak knee replacement system for patients who’ve had the device implanted since 2011 and who have been told that they will require a revision procedure.

How Do I Find Out If I Have A Case?

If you or a loved one had an Obtetrak knee replacement system by Exactech implanted in 2011 or later, and were told that a revision procedure was needed, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. We offer a 100% free and confidential case evaluation. Call us today at 1-800-718-4658 to learn more about your legal rights.

What Is The Problem With The Obtetrak Knee System?

The Obtetrak knee system can fail due to premature wear of the tibial tray, one of its core components. There have also been reported issues with the implant’s failure to properly adhere to the patient’s bone, which can cause loosening, pain, and infection. As a result, many patients are forced to undergo revision surgery to remove and replace the failed knee replacement system.

We believe the complications and premature device failure is due to a finned tibial tray insert that was not adequately manufactured and/or designed to endure the stress placed on it by the joint, including normal wear and tear. The company has known of these problems since at least 2012.

Recent studies have concluded that after 25 months these implants have shown poor results overall with an abnormally high number of Optetrak System patient requiring revisions surgeries. Many patients have experienced septic lymphocyte-dominated vasculitis-associated lesions. These are structures on the skin which look like tumors. These lesions are caused by metallosis which occurs when tissue is exposed to metal in an implant for an extended period of time.

There are 500,000 to 700,000 knee implant patients per year. Many of these had the implanted in them the Exactech Optetrak system. We expect more and more patients to experience problems and seek legal advice in the coming years and months. We intend to file many more lawsuits on behalf of patients who have had a revision surgery or who have been told that they need one.

What Are Signs That Obtetrak Knee Replacement System Has Failed?

  • Disassociation of the implant
  • Change in component position
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Loss of mobility
  • Swelling, constant pain
  • Infections and inflammation
  • Bone fractures, above and below the knee
  • Instability
  • Trouble balancing
  • Difficulty walking

Exactech Knee Replacement Lawsuit

Our Exactech knee replacement kawsuit attorneys and our partners are filing Optetrak knee replacement lawsuits throughout the country. Our lawsuits allege that Exactech knew that some of the components in its Optetrak system were susceptible to early complications leading to the symptoms and side effects noted above. We only accept cases where a patient has had or requires a revision surgery to remove the defective Optetrak  system.

Our defective knee replacement legal team is seeking monetary recovery for our clients including lost wages, pain and suffering from the revision surgery, the cost of the revision surgery, any long term medical care, all hospital bills, and any permanent disability and diminished of quality of life.

If you or a family member has had on Optetrak knee implant that has caused problems and you have been told that it needs to be removed, you may have a legal claim. Please contact our Exactech Knee Replacement Lawsuit Attorneys today for a free, no-cost, confidential consultation.

Call us today at 1-800-718-4658, if you believe that you or a loved one may have an Exactech Knee Replacement legal claim. It’s a free consultation. Your case evaluation will only take five to ten minutes. You deserve to know if you have a claim.

Has The Optetrak Knee Replacement System Been Recalled?

There was a formal recall in September 2011 when the FDA issued a Class 2 recall due to labeling mix-ups involving the tibial trays. Pre-2011 products with bad tibial trays were reporting revision rates as high as 50%.

These products should have been publicly recalled but they were not. Exactech kept quiet about these alarming side effects and issued what is called a “Silent Recall.”  A silent recall occurs when a manufacturer attempts to remedy the defects without involving the FDA or other governmental agencies. We believe this is unethical, but there is a loophole in the system which allows medical device manufacturers to circumvent the normal medical device recall process.

Exactech used the silent recall method to replace a defective tibial tray. The original one was coming loose because of its finned design which did not bind well to the surrounding bones. Multiple studies show that the tibial trays were flawed from the beginning yet Exactech did nothing to remedy the situation other than finally performing a silent recall and quietly replacing the finned tibial trays with a better fitting design.

Request A Free Case Evaluation Today

Please contact our Defective knee implant law firm now. Our team of lawyers and experts have decades of experience fighting medical device and knee replacement manufacturers. We have recovered over $350,000,000 nationwide for our clients. We have the experience and are battle-tested to take on Exactech® and fight for you and your family.

We are accepting cases for patients who have had or who require revision surgery after a 2011 or later knee replacement procedure. We serve injury victims nationwide and we are available 24/7 to help you protect your rights.

Call 1-800-718-4658 now, use the live chat feature or complete our online contact form to request a free case evaluation. We will never disclose your information to any third parties. Call today.