March 2020

MAGEC Recall

MAGEC Recall | March 24, 2020 Update

Robert H. Cho, MD, FAAOS

On February 13, 2020, NuVasive Inc. issued a voluntary recall of the MAGEC X magnetically controlled growing rod device (most recent model of MAGEC implants). The actuator end cap was noted to separate from the lengthening apparatus in approximately 0.5% of devices implanted. When this end cap dislodges from the lengthening mechanism, the internal threads become exposed to body fluids and may lead to extravasation of metallic wear debris. Because they could not determine the root cause of the end cap failure as a manufacturing or design issue, the MAGEC X devices were pulled off the market by NuVasive to further investigate and address the root cause of the issue.