Recently, Synthes, a Swiss medical device company, voluntarily recalled its Synex II Central Body components. According to the company, all surgeons and hospitals with the recalled devices were to immediately stop implanting them. The FDA has classified the recall as a Class I, which means that they could pose an imminent health hazard. The Synthes devices are used to replace damaged or unstable vertebral body in the T1-L5 portion of the spine. The recall was issued after reports of device failure causing loss of vertebral body replacement height. Those problems could lead to neural injury, increased pain and possible need for further surgery.
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