When undergoing a hip replacement, patients are often told that their new hip implant has the potential to last for many years. Unfortunately, in the summer of 2021, medical device manufacturer Exactech, Inc., recalled the Exactech Connexion GXL acetabular polyethylene liner hip component used in its hip implant systems due to the possibility of premature liner wear. This liner wear could cause the hip implant to degrade earlier than expected. People who develop complications from the premature liner wear of the Connexion GXL acetabular liner may need additional surgeries to repair or replace their hip device or component parts.
If you or a loved one suffered adverse effects after receiving an Exactech Connexion GXL acetabular liner component, filing a lawsuit could help recover unforeseen medical costs and other losses incurred by your family. Our medical attorneys have experience litigating and achieving resolutions for people who were harmed by potentially faulty hip replacement devices. If you want to discuss your legal options, we can help.
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We understand that as a patient or family member, your knowledge about your hip replacement device may be limited. Our medical device attorneys have the resources and experience needed to thoroughly review your situation and help you determine the viability of your potential claim.
If you or a loved one experienced complications requiring additional surgeries after receiving an Exactech Connexion GXL acetabular liner component as part of a hip replacement, complete this webform at any time or call 1.800.768.4026 to contact attorney Jonathan Orent to discuss your legal options.
Exactech Connexion GXL acetabular polyethylene hip implant liner recall background
Exactech’s stated reason for the Connexion GXL acetabular liner recall was that the “risk of edge-loading and premature prosthesis wear” was possible in certain subgroups of patients with specific implant configurations and surgical implant positioning. Total hip replacements involve the implantation of both a femoral and an acetabular component. The acetabular liner, often made of some form of plastic, is inserted into an acetabular cup or shell that is placed in the patient’s hip socket. The acetabular liner is placed between the acetabular cup and a compatible femoral head. The Connexion GXL acetabular liner is made of an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene plastic, and according to Exactech, their acetabular liner manufacturing process results in less surface wear. But according to the Connexion GXL acetabular liner recall, these acetabular liners may instead fail prematurely.
Exactech recall includes knee and ankle implants
In February 2022, Exactech also recalled several of its knee and ankle replacement device liners/inserts due to concerns that the polyethylene liners may lead to excessive wear, bone loss, and premature device failure that could also require corrective surgery. The recalled knee and ankle device parts are included in the following systems: Optetrak® (knee), Optetrak Logic® (knee), Truliant® (knee), and Vantage® (ankle).
Exactech Connexion GXL acetabular hip implant liner health effects
The premature wear of an Exactech Connexion GXL acetabular liner may lead to certain symptoms, including:
- Pain or swelling in the area of the hip replacement
- Stiffness in the hip joint
- Limited mobility
- Loosening in the hip joint
- Revision surgeries due to the failure of the hip replacement device
Motley Rice hip replacement litigation experience
Our attorneys have extensive experience litigating for patients who allege they were harmed by defective medical devices. This includes holding multiple leadership positions in litigations filed for hip implant patients, including being on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for both the DePuy ASR multidistrict litigation (In re DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation) and the DePuy Pinnacle multidistrict litigation (In re DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation).