A failed or cracked total shoulder replacement implant can cause worsening pain, swelling, weakness, grinding, popping and/or loss of arm function. Talk to an Exactech Shoulder Implant lawyer if you were implanted with an Exactech Equinoxe Shoulder System that 1) had to be replaced due to oxidation or, 2) you still have it and are experiencing the painful symptoms described above that may be related to the oxidation of the product. Call us at 800-298-0111 to be connected with an Exactech Shoulder Implant attorney today.
FDA Alert Regarding the Exactech Shoulder Implant
On January 16, 2024, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued a safety alert to patients and healthcare providers that the Exactech Equinoxe Shoulder System joint replacements manufactured between 2004 and 2021 were packed in defective bags missing an important layer that was intended to protect the devices from oxidation. When oxidation occurs, the device can lose integrity resulting in it breaking and no longer functioning properly or wholly failing. The FDA is urging patients who have an Exactech Equinoxe Shoulder System and are experiencing painful symptoms or inability to use their arm or are hearing strange noises from the system, to contact their medical provider (implanting surgeon ideally). A revision surgery may be wise to prevent further pain, bone loss, or injury. Medical providers are urged not to implant any of these defective devices
What Were the Defective Exactech Shoulder Implants Used For?
The Exactech Equinoxe Shoulder System is intended to be implanted in adults who suffer from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteonecrosis, and other causes of loss of shoulder function or structure. It is intended for patients requiring a total shoulder replacement.
Injuries and Damages that May Result From Oxidation of the Exactech Shoulder Implant
Oxidation of the Exactech Shoulder Implant’s plastic component over time can result in the patient suffering from the following:
- Early and excessive device wear,
- Component fracture,
- Device failure,
- New or worsening pain,
- Bone loss,
- Loss of mobility of the arm/shoulder,
- Swelling in the affected area, or
- Revision surgery as a result of these issues.
Is there an Exactech Shoulder Implant Class Action or an Exactech Shoulder MDL?
At the present time, these cases are still under investigation. An Exactech MDL and/or an Exactech Class Action by victims of the defective packaging problem is likely to follow. If you are looking into filing an Exactech lawsuit, you should consult an Exactech Shoulder Implant attorney to determine the best course of action and the advantages and disadvantages of the various courses of action. Some cases may be better filed in Federal District Court for others, it may be more advantageous to file your Exactech lawsuit in State District Court.
Is there an Exactech Shoulder Implant Recall?
At the present time, the devices have not been recalled by voluntary recall or non-voluntary recall. However, doctors have been urged not to implant any more of the devices with defective packaging. It seems logical that those should be recalled to prevent future use. Note: this is not the same thing as the Exactech Knee and Ankle Replacement recall, but it is basically the same issue with another one of Exactech’s implants.
Talk to an Exactech Shoulder Implant Lawyer
If you received an Exactech shoulder Implant and either had to have it removed due to issues or are still living with the implant and the associated issues, talk to an Exactech Shoulder Implant Lawyer to determine whether you may have a case. Product liability cases such as these may have short statutes of limitations and/or restrictive deadlines set by the Courts. Do not delay in seeking advice regarding your rights if you are suffering symptoms or have suffered symptoms of an oxidized and failed Exactech Shoulder Implant.
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