Pope McGlamry, P.C. Files Lawsuit Against Exactech for Defective Hip Implant
ATLANTA, GA (ClassActionDaily) On February 11, 2022, Pope McGlamry filed a federal lawsuit against orthopedic device manufacturer, Exactech, Inc. The lawsuit alleges that an implant used during a routine total hip arthroplasty surgery was defectively designed, manufactured, marketed, and sold by Exactech because it contains a polyethylene liner prone to a high rate of early failure from wear, causing severe secondary osteolysis (bone degeneration). A hip liner is a component inserted into the artificial hip socket or cup that interfaces with the femoral head or ball.
The Exactech hip liner at issue is the Connexion GXL Liner, which is made of irradiated ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE). In marketing its Connexion GXL Liners, Exactech represented that the liners had less wear and would last longer than its competitors’ polyethylene liners. However, in July 2021, Exactech recalled its Connexion GXL acetabular liner following concerns from the medical community that the polyethylene liner was prone to a high rate of early failure from wear and severe secondary osteolysis.
In September 2013, Pope McGlamry’s client underwent a total hip replacement surgery and received several Exactech artificial components, including the Novation Crown Cup Connexion GXL Line. Less than eight years after the Exactech product was implanted, Plaintiff suffered pain and severe osteolysis and required revision surgery. Pope McGlamry’s client alleges Exactech acted negligently, that its implant has design and manufacturing defects, and that Exactech failed to warn doctors and consumers about the unreasonable risk of harm of the device. Additionally, Plaintiff alleges Exactech negligently made misrepresentations about the 59% reduced wear rate for the Connexion GXL polyethylene liner and that it had “enhanced polyethylene” with a lower wear rate.
The case was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Wilson et al. v. Exactech, Inc., Case No. 4:22-CV-136-BRW.
In addition to the hip recall, on February 7, 2022, Exactech also recalled some of its knee and ankle devices that also have polyethylene liners that lead to accelerated excessive wear, bone loss, and failure requiring corrective surgery.
Attorneys at Pope McGlamry have been litigating defective medical device cases for over a decade. Our attorneys have led the way in defective orthopedic implant litigation, serving on leadership in litigations against manufacturers including Biotech, DePuy, Microport, Stryker, and Wright, and have represented thousands of clients across the country. We know the intricacies of these types of devices and the mechanisms of failure, and more importantly, we understand the immense impact these faulty devices can have on the individuals (and their loved ones) who receive them.
If you or a loved one have received one of the following Exactech hip, knee, or ankle implants and subsequently experienced osteolysis, pain, stiffness, loosening of the device, or had to undergo revision surgery, we want to hear from you.
- Novation Connexion Dynamic Hip Systems with Connexion GXL Liner
- Optetrak (knee)
- Optetrak Logic (knee)
- Truliant (knee)
- Vantage (ankle)
SOURCE: Pope McGlamry via PR Newswire