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Knee Replacement Failures

If you or a loved one had knee replacement surgery in 2011 or later, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.

Reports from the FDA show that some knee replacements have early failure rates.  Even if your knee replacement has not yet had any complications, call our law firm today at 877-LAW-FIRM to see if you have a case.

One of the models of knee replacements that has been shown to be troublesome for some patients is the Exactech® Optetrak®.  The Exactech® Optetrak® tibial tray is used in total knee replacement surgeries (also called total knee arthroplasty). Recent reports to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicate a trend of early failure in Exactech Optetrak knee implant devices that may cause the devices to loosen and require revision surgery to replace the defective device.

The Issue with Exactech Optetrak Knee Implant Devices

There is currently no recall related to this implant, but it has had high early failure rates. Older versions of the implant had a “finned” tray design that did not promote adherence to the surgical cement used to attach it. Rather than recalling the implants, the company systematically replaced old inventory with a new version of the implant redesigned in 2013.

Symptoms of Knee Implant Failure

In general, knee replacements will function well for many years, allowing patients relief from chronic arthritis or other ailments. However, early failure of knee implants can cause significant pain and the need for additional surgery.

Symptoms of knee implant failure include:

  • Knee pain, which can range from mild to severe
  • Loss of mobility
  • Instability due to loosening of the implant
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Swelling in the knee
  • Inflammation and reddened skin

Do You Have an Exactech Optetrak Knee Implant Claim?

You may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer for the failure of your knee implant if:

  • You received the Exactech Optetrak in 2011 or later
  • Or, you had revision surgery to replace the implant and the implant was less than eight years old.
  • You may have a claim even if you have not had any complications with your implant.

During your consultation, one of our experienced defective product professionals can help you understand your rights to bring a claim against the manufacturer and what your next steps should be.

Compensation for Your Knee Implant Failure

If you have experienced early failure of your knee implant, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Damages for pain and suffering

Are you unsure of what type of knee implant you have? We can help!

If you don’t know what type of knee replacement you have, our professionals can help determine who manufactured your implant and if you may have a claim. There are also other types of knee replacements that may qualify you for significant financial compensation.

Call McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates Today

If you are experiencing symptoms of knee implant failure or experienced an early failure and revision surgery, or you had an Exactech Optetrak device used for your knee replacement, call McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., today at 888-353-5513 for your free case consultation.

Our offices are conveniently located for our clients in Aiken, Camden, Columbia, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, and Sumter, South Carolina.