A plastic hip implant liner used in hip replacement surgery, the Exatech Connexion GXL liner, has been found to be prone to a high rate of early failure from wear. Experts are recommending close surveillance of patients who were fitted with this product. Individuals who received this implant during a primary or revision hip replacement surgery may require additional surgery to remedy the damage caused by the defective liner.
Because studies have found the early failure of this product to be due to design flaw, patients who suffered complications after being implanted with the faulty hip implant liner may be eligible to take legal action against the manufacturer. Speak with an attorney to learn more about how to proceed with your case.
What Is the Exactech Connexion GXL Hip Implant Liner?
Hip implant liners, or acetabular liners, are only one of several parts required for a complete hip implant. Patients who undergo hip replacement surgery are usually fitted with a liner made of plastic, ceramic, or metal which lines the area between the ball of the hip socket and the cup (acetabular component) it fits into. The purpose of the liner is to allow the implanted components to move freely and smoothly.
The Exactech Connexion GXL acetabular liner in particular is made from a type of plastic called irradiated ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), a polyethylene treated through a radiation process to make it less vulnerable to damage from wear, according to the manufacturer. The liner was designed to be used in total hip replacement surgeries, working in conjunction with other Exactech brand hip replacement components.
Who May Have an Exactech Connexion GXL Hip Implant Liner?
Exactech Connexion GXL hip implant liners were used in some cases in which Individuals required a total hip arthroplasty (hip replacement). During a total hip replacement, damaged hip components are removed and replaced with a prosthetic joint comprised of several moving pieces. An individual may require this type of surgery due to impediments arising from:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Congenital hip dysplasia
- Bone damage resulting from trauma or disease
What Are the Problems with Exactech Connexion GXL Hip Implant Liners?
There has been a strong trend of high success rates for total hip replacement surgeries, many of which significantly improve the patient’s quality of life. Additionally, new implants on the market have been expected to show increasing improvements. However, according to medical research reports, Exactech Connexion GXL Hip Liners have been known to deteriorate earlier than expected due to a design flaw.
This defect can cause serious damage to the patient’s hip joint and result in the need for revision surgery. Two reports showed this product to cause problems in a majority of users. One study was conducted by the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Florida College of Medicine and another by the Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Service Department at the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York. Both research teams reported concerns that the Exactech Connexion GXL acetabular liner was prone to early failure. The study labelled the damage “extreme” and “catastrophic” early wear which occurred an average of five years following surgery, and in some instances less than a year after being implanted.
What Are the Symptoms of Hip Implant Liner Failure?
Those who underwent a hip replacement surgery using this brand of acetabular liner should be on the lookout for any warning signs of product failure. It is likely that you or your loved one will require revision surgery if any of the below-listed indicators of liner failure are observed. The following symptoms indicating implant failure have been reported in the Connexion GXL hip implant liner case:
- Hip pain
- Limited range of motion
- Difficulty walking
- Weakening or loosening of the joint
- Osteolysis (destruction of bone tissue)
What Can I Do If I Experience Problems?
Individuals affected by this defective product may be entitled to monetary compensation for the medical expenses they incurred. If you or a loved one suffered pain, difficulty, and the need for additional surgery as a result of a faulty hip implant liner, Frost Law Firm, PC may be able to provide legal assistance. Our team of lawyers at Frost Law Firm, PC has experience advocating for those who have experienced severe medical trauma due to the negligent actions of another party. Reach out to our office to schedule a conversation with one of our attorneys.