Exactech Knee and Ankle Recall

exactech knee ankle recall

Exactech knee and ankle replacement inserts have been recalled due to faulty packaging, leading to accelerated wear and increased revision surgeries.

Why Is There a Recall?

The inserts are specially packaged in double-barrier vacuum-sealed bags that decrease the chance of oxidation and degeneration of the liners.

A recall was placed in August 2021 for select products of the knee and ankle arthroplasty polyethylene inserts packaged in non-conforming bags. The bags were not vacuum-sealed and did not include the second barrier of ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH).

The recall now includes total ankle replacements and total knee replacements done with those products made of polyethylene.

Potential Injuries from the Recall

Patients affected by this recall may experience:

  • New or worsening pain
  • Swelling of the knee or ankle
  • Limited mobility
  • Pain while walking
  • Inability to bear weight
  • Grinding
  • Clicking
  • Instability
  • Polyethylene wear
  • Osteolysis
  • Need for revision surgery

If you or a loved one received an ankle or knee replacement with the defective inserts, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our experienced lawyers at Elk + Elk for a free case review.

What Brands of Exactech Liners Have Been Recalled?

Exactech, Exactech Inc., and Exactech U.S. have found that their products of OPTETRAK ®, OPTETRAK Logic ®, TRULIANT ®, and VANTAGE ® have contained the recalled polyethylene inserts.


  • All-polyethylene CR Tibial Components
  • All-polyethylene PS Tibial Components
  • CR Tibial Inserts
  • CR Slope Tibial Inserts
  • PS Tibial Inserts
  • HI-FLEX ® PS Tibial Inserts


  • CR Tibial Inserts
  • CR Slope Tibial Inserts
  • CRC Tibial Inserts
  • PS Tibial Inserts
  • PSC Tibial Inserts
  • CC Tibial Inserts


  • CR Tibial Inserts
  • CR Slope Tibial Inserts
  • CRC Tibial Inserts
  • PS Tibial Inserts
  • PSC Tibial Inserts


  • Fixed-Bearing Liner Component

Can I File a Lawsuit?

You may be qualified for a knee and ankle replacement lawsuit if:

  • Diagnosed with loosening of the inserts or osteolysis
  • Require revision surgery due to loosening or osteolysis of the insert
  • Individuals experiencing symptoms from their Exactech knee or ankle replacement that are seeking further care or evaluation
  • Knee replacement implanted between 2004 and February 2022, if revised less than 12 years after the initial implant
  • Ankle replacements implanted between 2017 and February 2022

Compensation You Can Receive

While Exactech has announced offering coverage for specific follow-up and revision surgery costs, Elk + Elk lawyers can also help you receive compensation for:

  • Medical expenses related to the knee or ankle replacement
  • Lost wages due from missing work because of the replacement
  • Pain and suffering

If you or a loved one received a defective Exactech insert during a knee or ankle replacement surgery, call 1-800-355-6446 or fill out a contact form. Our case reviews are free, and we offer a no-fee promise.