Recall of VCARE

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
    Cannula - Product Code LFK
  • Reason
    The firm received several complaints sighting detachment of the balloon at the distal end of the shaft. it was also noted that the incidence of the forward cup slipping off the shaft and being retained in the vaginal canal had increased.
  • Action
    The domestic recall notices were mailed on 9/08/08 by USP Priority Mail pouches. The international notices were sent via FedEx International Priority on 9/08/08. The letter described the problem, the health risk and requested that customers inventory the product and return them back to the firm. Customers are requested to fax the reply form to the firm. Contact ConMed Corporation at 1-800-765-8375, ext 3237 for assistance.


  • Model / Serial
    Lots 0710121x through and including 0804111x [yymmddx where x = shift code 1,2, or 3] . All lots of the recalled devices were manufactured between and including October 12, 2007 and April 11, 2008.
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Nationwide, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, France, and Switzerland
  • Product Description
    VCARE (Vaginal-Cervical-Ahluwalia's-Retractor-Elevator) LARGE, Uterine Manipulator, REF 60-6085-102. Made in USA, CONMED CORPORATION, UTICA, NEW YORK USA 13502. The ConMed VCARE¿ Retractor/Elevator is indicated for manipulation of the uterus and injection of fluids or gases during laparoscopic procedures such as Laparoscopic Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy (LAVH), Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (TLH), minilap, laparoscopic tubal occlusion, or diagnostic laparoscopy and also maintains pneumoperitoneum by sealing the vagina once colpotomy is performed.
  • Manufacturer


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