Recall of Device Recall Triathlon PKR Peg Drill

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this recall involved a device in United States that was produced by Stryker Howmedica Osteonics Corp..

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
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  • Event Risk Class
    Class 2
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  • 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 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 data.
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  • Reason
    Stryker orthopaedics has identified a trend of complaints involving reports of the peg drill cold welding to the drill guide, causing the peg drill to cease functioning. if cold welding of these components occurs, the following potential patient and/or surgeon or surgical staff harms may results.
  • Action
    Stryker sent Urgent Product Recall letters on February 9, 2011, and February 10, 2011, via Fed Ex. to all affected customers. The letters identified the product, the problem, and the action to be taken by the customer. Customers were asked to complete and fax back the attached Product Recall Acknowledgement Form as soon as possible to 201-831-6069. For questions regarding this recall call 201-972-2100.


  • Model / Serial
    Catalog Number 5650-4-512 Catalog Number 5650-4-536
  • Product Classification
  • Distribution
    Worldwide Distribution - USA , Sweden, Germany; France, Portugal, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand,
  • Product Description
    Triathlon PKR Peg Drill, Catalog Number: 5650-4-512 (Size 1-2 Peg Drill); Catalog Number: 5650-4-536 (Size 3-6 Peg Drill); || Howmedica Osteonics Corp. 325 Corporate Drive Mahwah, NJ 07430 || The Triathlon-PKR Knee System is indicated for primary partial knee resurfacing (PKR). This system utilizes two fixation pegs on the femoral component for fixation and alignment. To prepare for these features, a peg drill, drill guide, and drill through femoral trial are provided. The femoral Trial Drill Guide is attached to the Modular Handle and assembled into the holes on the articulation surface of the Femoral Trial. Using the appropriately sized Peg Drill (Small Drill for sizes 1-2, Large Drill for sizes 3-6), both holes are drilled. The Peg drill is advanced until the step on the drill makes contact with the front face of the Femoral Trial Drill Guide.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Stryker Howmedica Osteonics Corp., 325 Corporate Drive, Mahwah NJ 07430
  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
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