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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Enforcement Report - Week of July 11, 2012

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Product Detail

Product Description PathFinder NXT Pivoting Percutaneous Rod Holder This device is an instrument used during orthopedic surgery. The intended use of the pivoting percutaneous rod holder is to attach to the rod to facilitate rod insertion, positioning, and orientation through the extender sleeves, under the fascia. The rod is secured to the holder by tightening a captive set screw against the rod end in the tip of the holder using the set screw driver. After positioning the rod and securing at least one pedicle screw closure top against the implanted rod, the holder is removed from the rod end by loosening the captive set screw with the set screw driver.
Recall Number Z-1933-2012
Classification Class II
Code Info Part number 3564-1; all lots
Product Distributed Qty 77 units
Reason For Recall Complaints have been reported where, during surgery, the surgeon was unable to loosen or remove the inserted rod from the rod holder instrument. The complaint investigation showed the hex mating feature of the set screw was broken and material missing. There were no reports of fragments of the set screw being left in the patient or that there was any patient or user injury, but these events were filed as MDR reports since the location of the fi'agments from the broken set screw were unknown.

Event Detail

Event Id 62137
Product Type Devices
Status Ongoing
Recalling Firm Zimmer, Inc.
City Warsaw
State IN
Country US
Voluntary / Mandated Voluntary: Firm Initiated
Recall Initiation Date 2012-06-05
Initial Firm Notification of Consignee or Public Letter
Distribution Pattern Worldwide distribution: USA (nationwide) and countries of: Australia, France and Germany.