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Class 2 Device Recall Empowr PS Knee System Box Cut Guide

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  Class 2 Device Recall Empowr PS Knee System Box Cut Guide see related information
Date Initiated by Firm September 19, 2016
Create Date October 28, 2016
Recall Status1 Terminated 3 on October 20, 2017
Recall Number Z-0325-2017
Recall Event ID 75214
510(K)Number K160342  
Product Classification Prosthesis, knee, patellofemorotibial, semi-constrained, cemented, polymer/metal/polymer - Product Code JWH
Product Empowr PS Knee System Box Cut Guide; Used to make the housing resection for the post of the posterior stabilized implant.
Code Information 202351L01, 202434L01, 203779L01, 202351L02, 202434L02, 202351L03, 202434L03, 203779L03, 202351L04, 202434L04, 202351L05, 202434L05, 202351L06, 202434L06, 203779L06, 202351L07, 202434L07, 203779L07, 202351L08, 202434L08, 203779L08, 202351L09, 202434L09, 202351L10, 202434L10, 203203L01
Recalling Firm/
Encore Medical, Lp
9800 Metric Blvd
Austin TX 78758-5445
For Additional Information Contact Desiree Wells
Manufacturer Reason
for Recall
It has been discovered that during Empowr PS Total Knee replacement, while chiseling for bone removal in the box area, femoral chipping has occurred in surgery. The current design of the captured box cut guides can create an instance where the surgeon is not fully completing the box cut on the side.
FDA Determined
Cause 2
Under Investigation by firm
Action The recalling firm sent a recall notification letter to affected consignees on 9/19/16. The field safety notice provided a newly revised Surgical Technique to educate users on proper use of the device.
Quantity in Commerce 436 units
Distribution US
Total Product Life Cycle TPLC Device Report

1 A record in this database is created when a firm initiates a correction or removal action. The record is updated if the FDA identifies a violation and classifies the action as a recall, and it is updated for a final time when the recall is terminated. Learn more about medical device recalls.
2 Per FDA policy, recall cause determinations are subject to modification up to the point of termination of the recall.
3 For details about termination of a recall see Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 21 §7.55.
510(K) Database 510(K)s with Product Code = JWH and Original Applicant = Encore Medical, L.P.