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The FDA announced a Class 1 recall of the Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Implant Model 115340 based on information that the device is associated with a higher than expected failure rate. This is the highest classification of recall available to the FDA and reflects a situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the device will cause serious adverse health consequences or death. The issues with the Zimmer Biomet Reverse Shoulder device are so serious that many patients with the device may require additional surgeries to remove and replace the defective device.
Stryker Orthopaedics announced a global recall of the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems. The recall was prompted by reports of corrosion and fretting. Fretting describes a situation where corrosion is worsened due to abrasive wear. These conditions can cause pain and swelling in patients with the devices. Stryker has encouraged patients with the affected devices to contact their surgeons for an evaluation.
IVC filters are medical devices used to intercept and trap blood clots. The devices commonly are used in patients at risk for pulmonary embolism (blood clot in lung). IVC filters can be used either permanently or on a temporary basis. The use of the devices has exploded in recent years, with projections of 259,000 implantations in 2012 (compared to 167,000 in 2007).
According to 2009 data reported by the Australian Orthopaedic Association, Wright Profemur stems demonstrated an 11.2% failure rate at three years following the surgery to implant them. This means more than one in every nine patients who received the Wright implants experienced serious problems within only a few years of their hip replacement surgery.