Did Your Exactech Optetrak knee implant Fail?
McGartland Law is currently investigating possible lawsuits on behalf of patients who have experienced health problems related to knee implants. If you or someone you love required knee revision or reconstructive surgery due to a loosened or fractured implant, you may be eligible to seek compensation for damages, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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Many knee replacement patients who received an Exactech Optetrak knee implant are now reporting that their implant has loosened causing them extreme pain and discomfort. The tibial tray of the implant has also been shown to be somewhat defective. In many reports filed by consumers, the tray has exhibited excessive wear and tear over and above what is considered to be normal for this type of knee replacement implant.
The components of the Exactech Optetrak knee implant are designed to replace the proximal tibia during knee arthroplasty, during either a revision or a primary procedure. Its purpose is to provide stability at the back of the knee and must be cemented into place. In most cases, the device is used to compensate for damage to the posterior cruciate ligament or PCL.
Deterioration of the knee joint caused by repeated injury or chronic health conditions like degenerative bone disease and osteoarthritis can result in a weakened PCL and overall instability while walking. This can decrease mobility and make walking extremely painful. Replacement of the knee or a revision to correct structural abnormalities call for the use of a knee implant to help restore proper form and function to the joint.
Although Exactech has been producing knee replacement implants for over three decades, the device has been known to loosen and eventually fail on occasion. When the company altered the design of the Optetrak implant, it was hoped to achieve longer lasting results. Instead, the reports of possible failure increased. A few of the most common symptoms associated with the loosening or failure of the Exactech Optetrak device include:
- Extreme pain
- Loss of stability
- Decreased range of motion
- Reduced mobility
When a knee implant fails, it must be corrected with an additional surgery. This can result in an extended absence from work and unplanned medical expenses.
If you received an Exactech Optetrak knee implant and are now experiencing any of the mentioned symptoms, it is important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Once you have consulted with your doctor, your next step should be to call a reputable personal injury attorney. They will be able to evaluate your case and help you get the compensation you deserve, especially when it comes to pain and suffering. You may also receive compensation for missed time from work and a decreased quality of life. Call for a consultation today!