The Federal Drug Administration recently recalled a device used in reconstructive facial surgery commonly termed a “External Mandibular Fixator And/Or Distractor with Bone Plate.”
This device is being recalled because some of these devices have lost “distraction tension” (the ability to stabilize and/or pull bones and tissue apart) which allows the facial bones / neck tissue / and or plates to collapse and this can result in the blockage of the airway and the suffocation and death of the patient.
This defective surgical device presents a disproportionate threat to children and adolescents who represent the age groups which most commonly undergo surgery to correct facial birth defects.
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Illinois Attorney George M. Sachs