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Exactech Knee Lawsuit

Exactech Knee Lawsuit

Exactech Optetrak® knee implants from 2011 and 2012 have been linked to reports of pain, loosening, failure, and revision surgery. Studies have linked these problems to design flaws on the tibial tray.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Exactech knee induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by a bad knee replacement or needed surgery, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

What is the Optetrak Tibial Tray?

Exactech Inc., of Gainesville, Florida, has been selling knee implants for decades. The Exactech Optetrak® knee has been sold since 1994, but the company made slight design changes in 2011 and 2012 — with devastating results for patients. The new “finned” tibial trays have been linked to many reports of premature loosening, pain and failure.

What is the problem?

Experts believe the “finned” tibial tray does not promote adequate bonding between the patient’s knee bones and the Optetrak implant. As a result, Exactech switched to “fit” tibial trays in 2013. The problem is that patients who experience knee implant failure will need to have another surgery to remove and replace the defective components.

Knee Implant Complications

  • Knee pain
  • Swelling or fluid build-up
  • Inflammation
  • Loosening
  • Unstable knees
  • Trouble walking
  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • Bone fracture
  • Muscle loss
  • Needing another surgery
  • Limited range of motion

Study: “Poor Results” of Exactech Optetrak Knees

Almost immediately after Exactech changed to the “finned” tibial tray design on the 2011 and 2012 Optetrak knee implants, researchers began warning about “poor results” and high rates of implant failure.

In a study of 110 patients over an average follow-up of 25 months, the researchers observed the following rates of serious problems:

  • 15% of patients were disappointed or dissatisfied
  • 22% were painful and required regular painkillers
  • 22% were “evolving toward tibial implant loosening”
  • 21% had signs of patellofemoral conflict
  • 12% of patients needed another surgery within 5 years due to tibial loosening, instability, or pain

The study was published in February 2012 in the medical journal Orthopedics & Traumatology and titled: “Poor results of the Optetrak cemented stabilized knee prosthesis after a mean 25-month follow-up: Analysis of 110 prostheses.”

Exactech Knee Settlement

Exactech paid a $3 million settlement to the U.S. Department of Justice in December 2010 to resolve allegations of paying illegal kickbacks to doctors who used the company’s devices in hip and knee surgery.

Exactech Optetrak Knee Recall

Exactech issued a Class II recall in July 2012 for Optetrak knees that may be mislabeled:

  • Optetrak Cemented Trapezoid Tibial Tray (Size 1F/1T, 2F/1T)
  • Optetrak Rotating Bearing Knee Tibial Tray, Finned (Size 2F/1T)

Do I have a Exactech Knee Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Exactech knee induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by a bad knee replacement or needed surgery, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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