Because prosthesis implants can be effective, even miraculous, in helping people regain their mobility without pain and discomfort, thousands of patients have been implanted with knee and ankle replacement systems. However, hip, knee, and ankle implants have a history of severe problems and defects.
How do I know if the Exactech recall affects me?
Symptoms of polyethylene wear are generally associated with bone loss or excessive particle debris released from the degraded liner. Some people may suffer bone loss, also called osteolysis, without symptoms. Contact your doctor to determine whether you need to monitor your implant for potential future issues, even if you don’t currently have any symptoms.
Exactech’s recall acknowledges that its products are defective and subject to high failure rates. Premature prosthesis wear of the Exactech knee and ankle polyethylene liners can lead to one or more types of injuries, including:
- New or worsening pain
- Inability to bear weight in the area
- Device loosening
- Grinding or other noises coming from the implant
- Recurrent swelling
- Failure to bond to the bone
- Instability in the knee or ankle
- Component fatigue cracking or fracturing
- Tissue and nerve damage
- Osteolysis, or bone loss
- Metallosis or metal debris shed into the bloodstream
- Revision surgery
- Clicking in your knee, ankle, or hip
- Pain while walking
- Swelling in the joint