Vertebrae Replacement Implants Recall Issued Due to Failure Risk

The FDA announced a Class I recall on Thursday for all lots of the Synthes USA, Ti Synex II Vertebral Body Replacement (VBR), which are used to replace damaged vertebrae.

The Vertebral Body Replacement recall was issued after the manufacturer received six reports of incidents where the devices collapsed inside of patients’ bodies only months after being implanted. Class I recalls are the most serious type of recalls, and are issued in situations where there is a reasonable probability that use of the recalled product will cause serious injury or death.

The devices, manufactured by Synthes USA of West Chester, Pennsylvania, are designed to replace a collapsed, damaged or unstable vertebral body which has been affected by a tumor or fracture.

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Adverse event reports suggest that the central component of the replacements may fail and collapse. This has been found to occur between six and 15 months after implantation, according to the FDA announcement. The agency warns that the collapses could cause neural injury, increased pain, spinal kyphosis if unrecognized, failure of supplementary fixation, and can potentially lead to a need for corrective surgery to replace or modify the device.

The recall of the Ti Synex II Vertebral Body Replacement includes all lots with the titanium Synex II central body, with part numbers 04.808.001-11. The devices were manufactured from June 8, 2007 through September 9, 2009, and were distributed between July 2, 2007 and September 8, 2009.

Synthes USA alerted hospitals and sales consultants of the recall by mail on September 23, 2009 and provided instructions on how to return products still in their inventory and asked for them to return devices that have been surgically removed for evaluation. The company sent a follow-up letter to physicians to instruct their patients on November 9.

The company also recommends that physicians add additional annual monitoring for patients that have already had the devices implanted, and should check the devices through radiographs and pain assessment.

3 Comments

  • T.July 27, 2016 at 12:51 am

    I've had neck and back surgery done I'm trying to locate the source list of recall and my surgical procedures parts can anyone response. A number to call .. I've been exsperiencing survere pain swelling ..irregular urine tests and fever in neck and back .with sharp stabbing pain in my legs and lower abdominal area. Can someone help...please

  • m maddyOctober 20, 2010 at 5:22 am

    i have a implant in my L5 S1,it has been nothing but more pain since my surgery,the dr.s have not done enough to correct or help,I HAD SURGERY feb.19,2009

  • R. FLORESNovember 13, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    CAN ANYONE OUT THERE TELL ME HOW TO FIND OUT IF I HAVE A RECALLED PART ? I HAVE TITANIUM SCREWS AND CAGE IN MY SPINE. I HAVE ASKED U. OF MN. FAIRVEIW HOSPITAL WHERE I HAD THE SURGERY TO GIVE MY RECORDS AND THEY OMIT ALL THE KIND OF INFO I NEED. I HAVE LEFT THAT HOSP./ CLINICS IN FAVOR OF THE MAYO DUE TO THE FACT I WOKE UP ON THE OP. TABLE AND NEARLY FELL OFF NEED I SAY MORE............THANK YOU

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