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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a safety alert for certain orthopedic devices manufactured by the DePuy Orthopedics company.

DePuy Limb Preservation System, DePuy LPSThe LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary Component, intended to replace the middle shaft, top, bottom, or total femur in cases of resection, was recalled due to potential fracture of the implant’s female dovetail component.

The dovetail, when exposed to typical physiologic loads such as walking, showed the potential for fracture leading to complications such as pain, infection, loss of function, loss of limb, or the need for revision surgery. Patients who weigh greater than 200 pounds or have high levels of activity are at an increased risk of fracture.

DePuy has released an urgent recall of the device, and the FDA is recommending that all medical providers stop distributing all such orthohopedic devices and discussing the implant’s risks with patients. DePuy does not recommend follow up or revisionist surgery for those individuals who are not experiencing symptoms associated with potential fracture.

If you are suffering from any symptoms potentially related to a fractured implant it is important that you seek medical attention immediately.

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