Recall of ALTRUS

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this recall involved a device in United States that was produced by ConMed Corporation.

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 2
  • Event Number
  • Event Initiated Date
  • Event Date Posted
  • Event Status
  • Event Country
  • Event Terminated Date
  • Event Source
  • Event Source URL
  • Notes / Alerts
    U.S. data is current through June 2018. All of the data comes from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, except for the category Manufacturer Parent Company.
    The Parent Company was added by ICIJ.
    The parent company information is based on 2017 public records.
  • Extra notes in the data
    Electrosurgical, cutting; coagulation; accessories - Product Code GEI
  • Reason
    The affected lots were exposed to a higher than acceptable level of particulate matter during manufacture and subsequently distributed. conmed evaluated the potential risk that this issue could present to the patient and concluded the risk of injury to be negligible; however exposure could cause a minor, local, self correcting infection.
  • Action
    The firm, ConMed, sent an "URGENT: VOLUNTARY DEVICE RECALL" letter dated October 23, 2013 and Business Reply Forms to the domestic consignees/customers via USPS Priority Mail. Distribution of the recall letter to the foreign consignees will follow once the letter has been translated into the different foreign languages. The letter describes the product, problem and actions to be taken. The customers were instructed to immediately stop the use of these devices; review your inventory for any of the devices listed; contact all of those organizations within your facility and any other facilities that you may have supplied or given these affected products to; complete and return the ATTACHMENT I Effectiveness Check Business Reply Form via fax to: ConMed Recall Coordinator at 315-624-3225. If you have any of the affected devices, please complete Attachment I and return it with the devices to: ConMed Corporation, 525 French Road, Utica, NY 13502 Attn. Ed Kovac, Return via: FedEx Account # 487553646. Please indicate with your returned devices, if you are requesting credit or replacement of the devices. Please do not return used devices. If you do not have any devices to return, please complete Attachment I, indicating you have no devices and fax it to 315-624-3225, Attn: ConMed Recall Coordinator. For questions, please contact ConMed Recall Coordinator at 315-624-3237 or e-mail


  • Model / Serial
    Lot 13CHB006
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide distribution: US (Nationwide) and countries of: Canada, Germany and Italy.
  • Product Description
    ALTRUS¿ THERMAL TISSUE FUSION, Tissue Fusion Handpiece, 5 mm O.D., 36 cm Shaft, REF 60-9522-001, STERILE -- CONMED CORPORATION 525 FRENCH RD, UTICA, NY 13502 --- The ConMed Altrus¿ Thermal Tissue Fusion System is comprised of a dedicated energy source and disposable handpiece used to ligate (seal) and divide (cut) blood vessels and tissue bundles that fit into the jaws of the handpiece. The Altrus¿ System utilizes a thermal energy platform to achieve the desired clinical effect. The ConMed Altrus¿ Thermal Tissue Fusion handpiece is a single use device which is provided sterile. The device uses scissors to parallel jaw closure mechanism with one flat jaw and one crowned jaw in which the vessels/tissues are grasped and through which pressure and heat are applied. It is a multi-functional device capable of vessel sealing, grasping and dissecting during open general surgical procedures. The two jaw sizes allow for applications in a variety of clinical environments for access in confined areas as well as large open areas.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    ConMed Corporation, 525 French Road, Utica NY 13502
  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
  • Source