Is There An Exactech Hip Recall Lawsuit for Connexion GXL liners?
Yes. Individual product liability lawsuits and Exactech hip recall class action claims are being pursued for individuals who now face an increased risk of hip replacement failure and complications after receiving certain defective implants.
Exactech Connexion GXL acetabular polyethylene liners have been recalled because they may deteriorate and cause a condition known as osteolysis. Debris from wear and tear on the liner may build up in the joint, causing deterioration of the surrounding bone and tissue. This can lead to the hip replacement loosening and failing, resulting in the need for revision surgery.
Nearly 130,000 Exactech hip replacements since 2004 may have involved the recalled Connexium GXL Hip liners, increasing the risk of problems during the years after hip surgery, including:
- Hip Pain
- Loss of Mobility
- Hip Implant Failure
Exactech now acknowledges that it has received reports of early liner and volumetric wear problems with the recalled hip liner, which has caused proximal femoral and acetabular osteolysis in patients. However, rather than taking immediate steps to issue an Exactech hip recall, the manufacturer withheld information from the medical community and patients. Instead, they placed their desire for profits before consumer safety by working to design and manufacture a new polyethylene liner design.
Financial compensation and Exactech hip replacement settlements may be available for all individuals who received a recalled hip liner and required additional hip revision surgery. Request a free consultation and claim evaluation with the Exactech hip recall lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. to find out if you have a case.
Are there any costs to hire an Exactech Connexion GXL hip recall lawyer?
There are absolutely no out-of-pocket costs to review your case or hire our Exactech hip replacement attorneys. All claims are investigated and handled by our law firm on a contingency fee basis for individuals throughout the United States. This means you pay nothing up front to hire our hip implant lawyers, and we only receive an attorney fee or expenses if a payout is obtained.
Through the use of contingency attorney fees, individuals have access to the experience and resources of our national law firm for their Exactech hip settlement – regardless of their individual financial resources.
You pay nothing up front to hire our Exactech Connexion GXL hip recall lawyers, and we only receive an attorney fee or expenses out of the money that is obtained from the implant manufacturer. Our law firm receives nothing unless we win your case!
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Complete Our Case Evaluation Request Form. Providing contact information and some information about your hip replacement claim.
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You Decide If You Want to Move Forward. If our lawyers determine that we can help with your Exactech hip liner recall case then you decided whether to move forward and hire us to pursue compensation.
Exactech Hip Liner Recall Information
On June 28, 2021 an Exactech Connexion GXL hip recall was issued and an Urgent Dear Healthcare Professional Communication was sent to surgeons, hospitals and healthcare professionals. However, many individuals who received this defective hip replacement liner remain unaware that they may have a recalled Exactech hip.
About 89,050 defective and dangerous hip liners were implanted in patients since 2007. The action has been categorized as a class II medical device recall, meaning that individuals who received a recalled hip liner face a risk of serious, but medically reversible health problems, often resulting in the need for revision surgery. This may leave users with unnecessary medical bills, pain and suffering, and facing an increased risk of hip implant problems that could have been avoided.
On August 11, 2022, the Exactech GXL hip recall was expanded and the manufacturer issued a Dear Healthcare Professional (DHCP) letter to surgeons and hospitals nationwide. The notice indicated that another 40,105 acetabular hip liners used in its Connexion, GXL, Acumatch, MCS and Novation systems may also be defective.
2022 Exactech Hip Recall Expansion Products
- Acumatch GXL Acetabular Liners
- MCS GXL Acetabular Liners
- Novation GXL Acetabular Liners
- Exactech All Polyethylene Cemented Acetabular Cup
- Acumatch Conventional UHMWPE
- MCS Conventional UHMWPE
- MCS Conventional UHMWPE liners
The Exactech hip recall notice states GXL inserts manufactured since 2004 were packaged in out-of-specification vacuum bags that are oxygen resistant but do not contain a secondary oxygen barrier, which may allow oxygen to enter the package and severely degrade the mechanical properties of the Connexion GXL polyethylene.
The notice warns these devices could be susceptible to accelerated wear and bone loss, or component fatigue cracking/fracture, all leading to corrective revision surgery.
What is the problem with Exactech hip replacements?
Individuals who received a recalled Connexion GXL hip hip liner may face an increased risk of problems with their Exactech hip replacement, often resulting in the need for revision surgery after experiencing symptoms of Exactech hip problems.
A total hip replacement system includes a number of specific components, which all work together to provide an artificial hip replacement:
- Acetabular Cup: A metal cup that fits into the hip socket
- Femoral Head: A ball which sits at the top of the femur which fits into the acetabular cup, allowing the joint to move.
- Femoral Stem: A metal stem attached to the top of the femur, which is attached to the femoral head.
- Liner: To provide cushion and prevent wear where the head fits into the acetabular cup.
The problem with the Exactech hip implants involves the polyethylene hip liner, which works as a “shock absorber” and replaces the function of cartilage in the hip joint. If the hip liner fails, the hip replacement fails.
Exactech has determined that the Connexion GXL liner “exhibits early linear and volumetric wear”, which appears to occur when the acetabular cup and the femoral head fit together in a way that results in edge loading of the femoral head on the liner. The problem seems to be most common in direct anterior hip approaches, and appears to be more common in patients with higher activity levels. It is also more common and pronounced in patients with larger femoral heads, such as those 36mm in diameter or larger, and when the thinnest available liner is used.
What are the symptoms of an Exactech hip failure?
Any new or worsening symptoms with an Exactech hip replacement should be immediately reported to your surgeon, who will likely perform an examination and obtain hip x-rays to evaluate the device.
Symptoms of Exactech hip failure caused by premature wear of the hip liner insert may cause:
- New or worsening hip pain
- Hip stiffness
- Loss of mobility
- Grinding, clicking or other noises from the hip implant.
If it is found that you are experiencing Exactech hip problems related to the recalled liner, your surgeon may recommend hip revision surgery to remove or replace the components.
Although the manufacturer is not currently recommending preemptive hip surgery to remove recalled Exactech hip implants that are not painful and continuing to function well, the recalled hip liner may result in the need for additional medical monitoring and treatment.
Contact your doctor to review any problems you may face, and contact the Exactech Connexion GXL hip liner recall lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. to make sure your legal rights are protected.
What Allegations Are Raised in Exactech Hip Lawsuits
Personal injury claims and Exactech Connexion GXL hip class action lawsuits are being pursued for individuals who received a recalled hip liner, alleging that the manufacturer:
- Knew about the Exactech hip liner problems long before announcing the recall, but failed to adequately investigate the cause of the premature hip failures;
- Failed to warn surgeon and consumers that the polyethylene hip liner may degrade and wear, leading to pain and other hip complications that may require additional surgery;
- Negligently continued to sell dangerous and defective hip liners, while concealing information from consumers, regulators and the medical community;
- Delayed issuing a full Exactech hip liner recall, allowing defective devices to continue to be implanted in patients;
- Placed desire for profits before consumer safety.
Do You Qualify for an Exactech Hip Lawsuit Settlement?
If you or a loved one underwent a total hip replacement since 2007 that may have involved an Exactech Connexion GXL hip liner, financial compensation and Exactech hip settlement benefits may be available.
The hip replacement lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. provide free consultations and case evaluations to help individuals review the legal options that are available. It is not necessary to know whether a recalled Exactech hip liner was used before contacting our law firm.
Call our office toll free at 1-800-522-0102 or complete the form below to request a free case review on-line. The facts and circumstances surrounding your hip replacement will be reviewed, and if it is determined that you may be eligible for a settlement, it remains your decision whether to hire our law firm to pursue your Exactech hip recall lawsuit.
There are no fees or obligations associated with completing an Exactech hip settlement evaluation!