Exactech Hip Recall
Our Exactech Hip Recall Lawyers are Ready to Help You:
If you are suffering from hip replacement pain our Exactech Hip recall lawyers are here to help you. More than 2 million Americans are living with a hip implant.1 Patients undergoing a serious procedure such as a hip replacement trust that the implant being used is safe. Sometimes, though, that is not the case, and the implant that is supposed to improve quality of life actually causes harm.
If you or a loved one had an Exactech hip replacement system surgically implanted and experienced an early failure event, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact our experienced product liability lawyers to review whether you or your loved one may be entitled to financial compensation. The Joel Bieber Firm is currently accepting Exactech Connexion GXL Liner Hip Implant cases in all 50 states.
Why was the Exactech Connexion GXL Hip Liner Recalled?
Exactech is an international medical device company based out of Gainesville, Florida that manufactures implants used in joint replacement surgeries. In the summer of 2021, Exactech, issued a sweeping recall for its Connexion GXL Hip Liner due to the product failing prematurely.
The Exactech Connexion GXL Hip Liner is a hip liner used during a total hip replacement surgery and was on the market from 2007-2019. The liner is made from a type of plastic called irradiated ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene that is supposed to make the liner less vulnerable to damage from wear and fracture, according to the manufacturer. However, recent studies have found just the opposite. That is, studies have shown that the Exactech Connexion GXL Hip Liner can actually deteriorate earlier than expected and result in revision surgery due to a flaw in the design of the insert.
One study was published by orthopedic surgeons from the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Florida College of Medicine. The researchers expressed concern that the Exactech Connexion GXL liner could be prone to early failure. The authors of the study contemplated potential design flaws of the Exactech Connexion GXL acetabular liners that may be causing these problems with early wear.
In another study, authored by a group of orthopedic surgeons from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, the researchers similarly discussed “catastrophic early polyethylene wear, demonstrat[ing] a concerning trend with the use of the Exactech Connexion GXL liner.” These physicians noted that the Exactech Connexion GXL liner seemed to be linked to “severe polyethylene wear and osteolysis” occurring, on average, within just 5 years of the patients’ implant surgery.
Because of the serious issue of premature product failure, on July 22, 2021, there was a FDA Class II recall for the Exactech GLX Connexion hip liner. 2
What should I do if I have a Recalled Exactech Implant?
If you or a loved one have an Exactech GLX Connexion hip liner implant, Exactech has advised for doctors to closely monitor the implant for signs of device failure. Device failure can sometimes lead to revision surgery where the device is required to be surgically removed and replaced. Signs of product failure to look out for include, but are not limited to:
- Limited mobility/range of motion
- Weakening or loosening of the implant
- Difficulty walking
- Inability to bear weight on the joint
- Grinding noise in the joint
Contact The Joel Bieber Firm Today:
At The Joel Bieber Firm, we have extensive experience representing clients in defective product lawsuits across the nation. If you or a loved one suffered adverse health because of a recalled Exactech implant, we’re here for you. Our lawyers understand the issues surrounding the Exactech hip recall and are here to help you. To learn more about what we can do for you, please give us a call at 888-777-5635 for a free consultation today.
1. Maradit Kremers, Hilal et al. “Prevalence of Total Hip and Knee Replacement in the United States.” The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume vol. 97,17 (2015): 1386-97. doi:10.2106/JBJS.N.01141.