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Synthes USA, Ti Synex II Vertebral Body Replacement - Class I Recall

Audience: Orthopedic and neurological healthcare professionals, hospital risk managers

[Posted 11/12/2009] FDA notified healthcare professionals of a Class I Recall of all lots of the Synthes USA, Ti Synex II Vertebral Body Replacement, a device used in the T1-L5 portion of the spine to replace a collapsed, damaged, or unstable vertebral body. Reports of moderate to severe loss of vertebral body replacement height (caused by failure of the central body component) in situ at six to fifteen months post implantation were received. Potential adverse health issues that could be associated with this issue include neural injury, increased pain, spinal kyphosis if unrecognized, failure of supplementary fixation, and/or need for reoperation/revision surgery. Surgeons and hospitals in possession of the subject devices must stop implanting them immediately. This product was manufactured from June 8, 2007 through September 9, 2009 and distributed from July 2, 2007 through September 8, 2009.

[11/12/2009 - Recall Notice - FDA]