Recall of LenSx Laser System (used for femtosecond cataract surgery)

According to Department of Health, Therapeutic Goods Administration, this recall involved a device in Australia that was produced by Alcon Laboratories Australia Pty Ltd.

What is this?

A correction or removal action taken by a manufacturer to address a problem with a medical device. Recalls occur when a medical device is defective, when it could be a risk to health, or when it is both defective and a risk to health.

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  • Type of Event
  • Event ID
  • Event Risk Class
    Class II
  • Event Initiated Date
  • Event Country
  • Event Source
  • Event Source URL
  • Notes / Alerts
    Australian data is current through July 2018. All of the data comes from the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration, except for the categories Manufacturer Parent Company and Product Classification.
    The Parent Company and the Product Classification were added by ICIJ.
    The parent company information is based on 2017 public records. The device classification information comes from FDA’s Product Classification by Review Panel, based on matches of recall data from the U.S. and Australia.
  • Extra notes in the data
  • Reason
    Alcon is addressing reports of unexpected downward motion of the gantry. these reports are associated with systems manufactured with an older style motor/brake assembly. a new style motor/brake assembly (current version) has been used in manufacturing since may 2012. of the 41 reports, contact with the patient's eye or face was reported in three instances. in all of these cases, the contact with patient eye resulting from the unexpected downward gantry motion did not lead to a serious injury or a serious deterioration in state of health.
  • Action
    If customers experience any unexpected gantry movement, they are advised to immediately notify Alcon and stop using the LenSx Laser System. Alcon will replace and install the current motor/brake assembly on any impacted LenSx Laser System manufactured prior to May 2012, including those that have not been previously upgraded.


  • Model / Serial
    LenSx Laser System (used for femtosecond cataract surgery) Serial numbers: 0611-A020, 0711-A022, 1011-A053, 1011-A060, 0312-A123ARTG Number: 181017
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