Recall of Device Recall SLIFT Extension Shims

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

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
    Open, Classified
  • Event Country
  • 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
    Orthopedic manual surgical instrument - Product Code LXH
  • Reason
    Fit variation among all lots of s-lift extension shims with corresponding retractor blades. the firm's investigation revealed that extension shims may not fit down all retractor blades.
  • Action
    SpineFrontier sent an Urgent Voluntary Recall letter dated August 28, 2013, to all affected customers. The letter identified teh product, the problem, and the action to be taken by the customer. Customers were asked to initiate the immediate return of the parts noted and complete an acknowledgement form and return it to SpineFrontier via fax or email. Customers with questions were instructed to call 978-232-3990. For questions regarding this recall call 978-232-3990.


  • Model / Serial
    Part Number/Lot Number: 11-50109 43092R; 11-50109 46415; 11-50109 CT12H013; 11 -50109-1 46415-1; 11-50110 43089; 11-50110 43089R; 11-50110 46416; 11-50110-1 46416-1
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Nationwide Distribution including FL, TX, OK, MO, IL, OH, VA, OR, CO, KS, CT
  • Product Description
    S-LIFT Extension Shims || Extension shims are manufactured from grade 5 titanium and are curved, rectangular slabs which have four protrusions used for ratcheting. They come in straight and pointed varieties, either with or without a tab containing an additional bend. Extension shims are designed to slide down retractor blades, and are optional retractor components utilized during lumbar interbody fusion procedures. They are intended to manipulate tissue and prevent tissue from interfering inside the surgical field.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    SpineFrontier, Inc., 500 Cummings Ctr Ste 3500, Beverly MA 01915-6516
  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
  • Source