Zimmer Recalls Surgical Instrument

July 17, 2008

Zimmer Holdings, an orthopedic device manufacturer, has voluntarily recalled a surgical instrument used in minimally invasive knee-implant surgeries.

The company had received reports that some tibial broach impactors, which are used to prepare the tibial bone for an implant, had broken during surgery. Zimmer said other instruments can be used for this purpose.

Zimmer has notified the FDA and affected customers. It said it does not expect the recall to materially impact its sales.