Is my Implant Recalled?
We receive calls from concerned patients or family members inquiring if their implant has been recalled. The information enclosed in this section can help you feel more confident in the entire recall process and place your concerns at ease.
Most recalls, do not mean that you will need further surgery. In fact, if your joint is not having symptoms, you may only need standard monitoring such as yearly x-rays and a visit with your surgeon.
The manufacture of the implant has a duty to contact two people involved in a specific recall. The first is you, the patient. You will receive a certified letter notifying you of the recall and normally a suggestion to seek medical evaluation.
The second letter will be sent to the surgeon who placed the implant. Our office policy is to make an attempt to notify patients as soon as possible of any recall and ask them to report in for medical evaluation. So, you can rest assure if a real recall occurs, you will be notified by either the manufacture and/or the surgeon.
If you are having symptoms from your replaced joint, contact your surgeon for a thorough evaluation and x-rays. If you still have concerns, you can go to the following FDA web site for official information on recalled implants:
official information on recalled implants
If you would like to learn more, the FDA has a few webinars produced to walk you through the recall process at :
Recalls can be a scary thought, but there are numerous processes set up to ensure you are notified in a timely manner.