Atlanta law firm Childers, Schlueter & Smith, LLC recently filed a lawsuit against Exactech and the company’s Optetrak knee replacement system.
Filed on September 27, 2017, the lawsuit is the first Optetrak lawsuit filed in Georgia and one of the first to be brought in the U.S. The plaintiff alleges severe suffering and permanent injuries as a result of the Optetrak knee replacement system as well as the need for continuing medical care and rehabilitation. Plaintiffs also claim that Exactech designed, manufactured and sold a defective knee replacement system and concealed the risks associated with the device from consumers as well as medical professionals.
What is the Exactech Optetrak Knee Replacement System?
The Optetrak Revision System hit the market in 1995 as an alternative to the Total Condylar prosthesis and the Insall Burstein posterostabilized prosthesis, proposing several innovations to the tibial insert and the design of the femoral trochlea.
The innovations were meant to improve the previous systems; however, the results of a 25-month follow-up revealed less than satisfactory results. Among the 106 patients whose implants were reviewed:
- 17 patients were disappointed with their implant
- 25 knees were described as painful and those patients required regular painkillers
- 25 prostheses appeared to be evolving toward tibial implant loosening
- 24 patients had developed pain while sitting with bent knees or while descending stairs
Most knee replacements should provide a patient with many years of improved function and few problems, but some implants are prone to failure. Aside from knee failure and other serious complications, the Exactech Optetrak system is also believed to cause a condition known as aseptic lymphocyte-dominated vasculitis-associatied lesions (ALVAL) along with metallosis, a serious condition that occurs when the components of metal-on-metal implants, including the Optetrak system, rub against one another and result in the shedding and build-up of metal debris in the soft tissues of the body.
If you have questions about your Exactech knee replacement, contact our lawyers at Childers, Schlueter & Smith. We are currently investigating the Optetrak knee and have lots of information about it. All initial consults are free of charge and completely confidential.