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MAUDE Adverse Event Report: MEDACTA INTERNATIONAL SA GMK-HINGE FIXED TIBIAL INSERT SIZE 3/20MM KNEE FIXED TIBIAL INSERT

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MEDACTA INTERNATIONAL SA GMK-HINGE FIXED TIBIAL INSERT SIZE 3/20MM KNEE FIXED TIBIAL INSERT Back to Search Results
Model Number 02.09.0320H
Device Problem Break (1069)
Patient Problem Insufficient Information (4580)
Event Date 05/04/2021
Event Type  Injury  
Manufacturer Narrative
Batch review performed on 19 may 2021: lot 189411: (b)(4) items manufactured and released on 09-jan-2019. Expiration date: 2023-12-19. No anomalies found related to the problem. To date, (b)(4) items of the same lot have been already sold without any similar reported event. Preliminary investigation performed by r&d project manager. Revision surgery, only the liner was revised, of a gmk hinge implant due to femoral dislocation after 3 months from primary implantation. During the revision surgery, the screw of the hinge post was found broken. From the pictures enclosed, it can be noted that the hinge post screw is broken into 2 parts in correspondence to its threaded shaft. The surgeon revised only the insert and, as consequence, used a new hinge post extension. It is not possible to determine, with the information at hands, the root cause of the event; traumatic event and/or excessive tightening torque and/or increased instability of the patient from primary surgery producing unexpected loads in the joint could have played a role in the event, but this remains just a hypothesis. Visual inspection performed by r&d project manager. Revision surgery of a gmk hinge implant due to luxation of the femoral component after 3 months from primary surgery. Tibial insert, hinge post extensions and relative screws have been revised. Explanted components have been sent back to medacta for analysis. From visual inspection we can see that the hinge post screw is broken in two parts. Threaded shaft remained screwed into the hinge post, the head of the screw was found loosened in the joint. Due to screw breakage, it is possible that the connection between the hinge post and the femoral component failed causing luxation of the femur on the tibia. Tibial insert looks damaged in its articular surface, presenting signs of dents and scratches most likely caused during the explantation of the component or the following manipulation. Reasons for this unlikely event remain unknown. They could be related to: excessive tightening torque during fixation of the screw. A dedicated torque limiter screwdriver is provided to secure the hinge post screw which usage avoids this kind of event. It is not clear if, in this case, the screwdriver was used or properly used. Unexpected loads acting on the connection, due for example to traumatic events such as falls. Any 'traumatic' events haven't been reported. No further considerations can be done from visual inspection. Clinical evaluation performed by medical affair director. A few weeks after revision tka with a constrained component in a very heavy patient, the screw that joins femoral and tibial component broke and the joint disassembled. There is no mention in the report of a traumatic event, but the weight of the patient and the final position of the joint suggests that a quasi-traumatic event may have occurred. The bones did not fracture and the prosthetic components did not loosen, this allowed a very quick and less invasive reoperation. Morbid obesity is a condition that may limit the life of prosthetic components, as mentioned in the instructions for use, but the very short delay between surgery and fracture leads to think that the screw may have received some damage during surgery, perhaps excessive tightening force or bending. Or that a traumatic event may have occurred. In the latter case, the screw fracture may have protected the bones and the other components.
 
Event Description
Revision surgery 3 months after primary, for dislocation of the femoral component. During the revision, the surgeon noted that the post screw of the liner was broken. Only the liner was revised. New liner implanted with new post and liner fixation screw. The surgery was completed successfully.
 
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Brand NameGMK-HINGE FIXED TIBIAL INSERT SIZE 3/20MM
Type of DeviceKNEE FIXED TIBIAL INSERT
Manufacturer (Section D)
MEDACTA INTERNATIONAL SA
strada regina
castel san pietro, 6874
SZ 6874
Manufacturer (Section G)
MEDACTA INTERNATIONAL SA
strada regina
castel san pietro, 6874
SZ 6874
Manufacturer Contact
stefano baj
strada regina
castel san pietro, switzerland 6874
SZ   6874
MDR Report Key11906933
MDR Text Key253462355
Report Number3005180920-2021-00463
Device Sequence Number1
Product Code KRO
Combination Product (y/n)N
Reporter Country CodeFR
PMA/PMN Number
K130299
Number of Events Reported1
Summary Report (Y/N)N
Report Source Manufacturer
Source Type other
Reporter Occupation Non-Healthcare Professional
Type of Report Initial
Report Date 05/31/2021
1 Device was Involved in the Event
1 Patient was Involved in the Event
Date FDA Received05/31/2021
Is this an Adverse Event Report? Yes
Is this a Product Problem Report? No
Device Operator
Device Model Number02.09.0320H
Device Catalogue Number02.09.0320H
Device Lot Number189411
Was Device Available for Evaluation? Device Returned to Manufacturer
Date Returned to Manufacturer05/19/2021
Is the Reporter a Health Professional?
Was the Report Sent to FDA?
Event Location No Information
Date Manufacturer Received05/04/2021
Was Device Evaluated by Manufacturer? Yes
Date Device Manufactured01/09/2019
Is the Device Single Use? Yes
Is This a Reprocessed and Reused Single-Use Device? No
Type of Device Usage Initial

Patient Treatment Data
Date Received: 05/31/2021 Patient Sequence Number: 1
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