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MAUDE Adverse Event Report: MEDTRONIC SOFAMOR DANEK CD HORIZON SPINAL SYSTEM ORTHOSIS, SPINAL PEDICLE FIXATION, FOR DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE

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MEDTRONIC SOFAMOR DANEK CD HORIZON SPINAL SYSTEM ORTHOSIS, SPINAL PEDICLE FIXATION, FOR DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE Back to Search Results
Catalog Number 55840006550
Device Problem Break (1069)
Patient Problems Neuropathy (1983); Pain (1994); Weakness (2145); Tingling (2171); Ambulation Difficulties (2544)
Event Type  Injury  
Manufacturer Narrative
Additional information: x-ray review- post-op/pre-op/post-revision images provided for l5-s1 posterolateral fusion for grade 2 spondylolisthesis. Initial hardware placement appears appropriate, there was early failure of the construct with s1 screw fracture. There was no reduction of the deformity initially. Failure happened before fusion could be expected. The hardware used (6. 5 mm) may be undersized, but the pedicles are small. This was poised to an interbody construct with an anterior plate. If information is provided in the future, a supplemental report will be issued.
 
Event Description
On (b)(6) 2015: patient presented for follow-up. Patient was having difficulty walking or climbing stairs. On (b)(6) 2015: patient is having back pain and difficulty walking or climbing stairs.
 
Manufacturer Narrative
The device was not returned to the manufacturer for evaluation. Therefore, we are unable to determine the definitive cause of the reported event.
 
Event Description
It was reported that the patient underwent spinal surgery for the treatment of lytic spondylolisthesis (l5-s1) and back pain. At the surgery, the doctor inserted screws in order to correct the affected disk. The screw used during the procedure was titanium implant screws. Post-operatively, on an unknown date, the patient discovered that the titanium screws installed in her lower back broke in half. Reportedly, the patient suffered severe pain and lack of mobility that limited her everyday activities. On an unknown date, revision surgery was performed in order to remove the screws and prevent further damage to her spine. On (b)(6) 2014: pre-op diagnosis: l5 bilateral spondylolysis. Back pain. Grade ii spondylolisthesis of l5-s1. Procedures: bilateral segmental instrumentation from l5 through sacrum. Posterior spinal fusion, l5 through sacrum. Harvesting of iliac crest bone graft through a separate incision. Use of iliac crest bone graft and fresh frozen allograft bone for fusion. As per op-notes: longitudinal incision was made dissecting down between l5 and s1. At l5 6. 5mm diameter x 55 mm length screws were found to be fitting. At s1 6. 5mm diameter x 50 mm length screws were found to be fitting. No patient complications were reported. On (b)(6) 2014: patient underwent rad lumbar spine ap/ lateral views. Impression: interval l5-s1 posterior spinal fusion without complication. Malalignment improved. On (b)(6) 2014: patient underwent rad lumbar spine ap/ lateral views. Impression: unchanged appearance of l5-s1 posterior spinal fusion. No alignment changes. On (b)(6) 2015: patient presented for follow-up. Patient underwent ap, lateral and coned down views of lumbar spine. Impression: status post posterior rod and pedicle screw fixation of l5-s1. Stable grade 1 anterolisthesis. No evidence of hardware loosening or failure. On (b)(6) 2015: patient presented for follow-up. X-rays showed screws have broken bilaterally at s1. On (b)(6) 2015: patient presented for follow-up. Diagnosis: implant failure of sacral screws. On (b)(6) 2015: patient presented with chief complaint of pain, weakness and tingling. Patient had fusion in (b)(6) 2014 which failed and screws came loose. A new fusion is scheduled. Ros: musculoskeletal: positive for back pain and walking difficulty. Initial diagnosis: lumbago, thoracic or lumbosacral neuritis or radiculitis, radiculopathy(lumbar region), low back pain on (b)(6) 2015: patient underwent mri lumbar spine wo ivc. Impression: lumbar spine degenerative disc disease and facet joint arthropathy the findings most pronounced at l4-5 level, there is mild encroachment upon bilateral descending l5 nerve roots in subarticular recesses. Fixated l5-s1 grade ii spondylolisthesis with improved encroachment upon bilateral l5 exiting nerves. On (b)(6) 2015: patient presented with balance and gait difficulties. Ros: musculoskeletal: positive for back pain and walking difficulty. On (b)(6) 2015: patient presented for office visit. Initial diagnosis: lumbago, thoracic or lumbosacral neuritis or radiculitis, radiculopathy(lumbar region), low back pain. On (b)(6) 2015: patient presented for office visit with pain and weakness. Ros: musculoskeletal: positive for back pain and walking difficulty. On (b)(6) 2016: pre-op diagnosis: grade 2 isthmic spondylolisthesis, l5-s1. Previous attempted posterior lateral fusion with pseudoarthrosis and failed broken s1 pedicle screw bilaterally. Bilateral l5-s1 foraminal stenosis with radiculopathy. Procedure: revision non segmental spinal pedicle screw instrumentation, l5-s1 with removal of previous broken pedicle screws in s1 and replacement of all 4 screws, l5-s1 bilaterally. Placement of 11mm height interbody spacer into l5-s1 disk space filled with bmp for interbody fusion. Botox buttress plate from the inferior aspect of l5. Decompressive bilateral foraminotomies with l5 nerve root decompressions. Posterolateral fusion, posterolateral technique on the left l5-s1. As per op-notes: at left s1, broken s1 screw head and proximal shaft was then removed and then the remaining of the threaded screw was removed again. L5-s1 disk space was identified, endplates were prepared for fusion while bony curettes as well as bone rasp and then 11mm spacer was filled with appropriate amount of bmp soaked collagen sponge. No patient complications were reported. On (b)(6) 2016: patient presented with chief complaint of lumbar pain in the surgical area. Ros: musculoskeletal: positive for back pain and walking difficulty. Patient underwent x-ray spine, lumbar ap and lateral. Patient underwent incisional exam. Operative findings: bilateral foraminotomies sites at l5-s1. Posterior pedicle screws at l5 and s1 are intact with no evidence of failure. Anterior interbody spacer at l5-s1 is well positioned with anterior buttress plate inferior from l5. Reduction in spondylolisthesis with improvement in l5-s1 disc space. On (b)(6) 2016: patient presented for follow-up visit. Ros: musculoskeletal: positive for back pain and walking difficulty. Patient underwent x-ray spine, lumbar, ap and lat. Ap view revealed grossly normal alignment with no significant obliquity. Bilateral hip joint spaces are adequately maintained. No evidence of hardware failure or migration. L4-5 disc space is adequately maintained. On (b)(6) 2015: patient underwent ap, lateral and coned down views of the lumbar spine. Impression: both of the screws in s1 have fractured at the level of the posterior cortex. The degree of anterolisthesis of l5 on s1 appears to have increased as a result. On (b)(6) 2015: patient underwent ct of lumbar spine without contrast. Impression: s1 screw fractures better demonstrated radiographically. Moderate bilateral formainal narrowing at l5-s1 with encroachment upon both exiting l5 nerve roots. Potential small moderate sized posterior protrusion at l4-l5.
 
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Brand NameCD HORIZON SPINAL SYSTEM
Type of DeviceORTHOSIS, SPINAL PEDICLE FIXATION, FOR DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE
Manufacturer (Section D)
MEDTRONIC SOFAMOR DANEK
1800 pyramid place
memphis TN 38132
Manufacturer (Section G)
MEDTRONIC SOFAMOR DANEK
1800 pyramid place
memphis TN 38132
Manufacturer Contact
stacie ziemba
1800 pyramid place
memphis, TN 38132
9013963133
MDR Report Key6978996
MDR Text Key100949628
Report Number1030489-2017-02255
Device Sequence Number1
Product Code NKB
Combination Product (y/n)N
PMA/PMN Number
K113174
Number of Events Reported1
Summary Report (Y/N)N
Report Source Manufacturer
Source Type consumer
Reporter Occupation Patient
Type of Report Initial,Followup
Report Date 12/05/2017
1 Device was Involved in the Event
1 Patient was Involved in the Event
Date FDA Received10/26/2017
Is this an Adverse Event Report? Yes
Is this a Product Problem Report? Yes
Device Operator
Device Catalogue Number55840006550
Was Device Available for Evaluation? No
Is the Reporter a Health Professional? No
Was the Report Sent to FDA?
Event Location No Information
Date Manufacturer Received11/08/2017
Was Device Evaluated by Manufacturer? No
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: 10/26/2017 Patient Sequence Number: 1
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