Ward Black Law is representing individuals who had a hip replacement and have suffered as a result of polyethylene wear from Exactech Connexion GXL acetabular liners used during surgery.
It is disheartening for patients to be told they need to have another surgery to remove an implant only a few years after the implantation as a result of the products failure. If you have had to have another surgery to remove your hip implant as a result of a defective liner, Ward Black Law may be able to help.
The Connexion GXL, manufactured by Exactech, was approved for use in primary and revision hip replacement surgeries for certain joint-degrading conditions, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as congenital or trauma-related hip problems.
The Connexion GXL acetabular liner is made of polyethylene, a type of plastic. It is inserted between a compatible acetabular cup, the portion of a hip replacement that is placed against a person’s pelvic bone, and a compatible femoral head, the portion of a hip replacement that mimics the “ball” portion of the femur bone.
The Exactech Connexion GXL acetabular liner has come to the public’s attention due to reports of early hip replacement failures in which these liners were used. Two studies, one recently published in the Journal of Arthroplasty and the other in Arthroplasty Today by two separate groups of orthopedic surgeons from different institutions, found significant, early wear of several polyethylene Exactech Connexion GXL acetabular liners implanted in their patients.
As a result of this early wear of the Connexion GXL acetabular liners, sometimes as early as a year post-implantation, orthopedic surgeons have observed patients with pain, limited mobility, loosening, and osteolysis (destruction and disappearance of bone surrounding the hip implant), often resulting in the need for revision surgery. Numerous Exactech Connexion GXL acetabular liner adverse event reports, many specifically mentioning wear of the acetabular liner, have been submitted to the FDA’s MAUDE database.
Ward Black Law encourages anyone who has had their Exactech Connexion GXL acetabular liner removed during a revision surgery to contact us. Patients should also contact the firm if they have been having problematic symptoms such as significant pain, stiffness, or limited mobility, after being implanted with an Exactech Connexion GXL acetabular liner. Call or text us at 800-531-9191 and we will let you know your options at no charge.