What to Know About The 2022 Exactech Ankle Implant Recall
On February 7, 2022, along with over 140,000 knee replacement implants, Exactech, Inc. also recalled over 1,500 Vantage Ankle System implants due to the accelerated wear caused by a defective insert component. In this post, you'll learn which ankle devices are affected by the recall, what prompted the recall, and what you can do if you've been implanted with a defective device.


What Exactech Ankle Devices Are Affected By the Recall?

As with the knee replacements, Vantage ankle implants with a certain shelf-life were recalled in August 2021. The February 7 recall covered all Vantage ankle devices, regardless of shelf-life. 1,561 Vantage ankle implants have been sold since 2016.
  • Recall #1: In August 2021, Exactech recalled all Vantage devices that would have a shelf life of 5 years or more as of August 31, 2022.
  • Recall #2: On February 7, 2022, Exactech expanded the recall to include all devices containing the defective inserts.


About the Exactech Vantage Total Ankle System

Exactech’s Vantage Total Ankle Systems were implanted in patients undergoing ankle replacement surgery. The ankle implant has a polyethylene (a common plastic used in joint replacement implants) insert, which fits between the shin and foot bone. The insert is intended to act as the cartilage or cushion for the replaced ankle joint. In its product brochure, Exactech emphasizes the polyethylene insert’s effectiveness in minimizing surface damage and wear.

Why Did Exactech Recall the Vantage Ankle Implant?

Identical to the Optetrak, Truliant, and Optetrak Logic knee implants, the Exactech Vantage ankle replacement devices contained a polyethylene insert that was packaged in an out-of-specification vacuum bag. These non-conforming vacuum bags lack the secondary oxygen-resistant barrier necessary to prevent excessive oxygen from diffusing into the insert.

Excess oxygen can cause the Exactech insert to degrade in an accelerated manner, leading to debris and fracture or cracking of the polyethylene insert.

Why It Matters

If you or a loved one received a Vantage ankle device, you face a significant risk of implant failure. Exactech has already admitted their recalled devices are susceptible to early failure, so anyone who has received a defective device may suffer injury and require revision surgery. Patients implanted with this Exactech ankle device who have experienced adverse symptoms may have a right to compensation.

What Are the Symptoms of a Failed Ankle Implant?

If you are unsure whether you received one of the recalled Exactech devices, contact your orthopedic surgeon or review your medical records. The following are symptoms you may experience from a failed ankle implant:

  • Osteolysis (bone tissue degeneration)
  • Pain around the implanted device
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Limited mobility or dislocation

You May Have A Right To Compensation

Learn about our active class-action lawsuit against Exactech.

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When medical device manufacturers fail to create safe products, patient and their loved ones suffer. That’s why Pope McGlamry has represented thousands of clients in defective implant lawsuits. Our attorneys have been litigating against defective orthopedic device manufacturers, such as Stryker and Wright Medical, for over a decade. We have already filed a suit against Exactech on behalf of clients who received a defective hip implant. Call us today at (404) 523-7706 or fill out the form below for a free case evaluation.

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