Medtronic issued a Class II Recall for the Visualase Thermal Therapy System after reports surfaced of potential defects in the device which “may result in unaccounted spread of thermal energy to the surrounding tissue,” potentially causing severe injury and even death, particularly if the MRI-laser guided system is operating on the brain or other critical areas of the patient’s body.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured after surgery with the Medtronic Visualase Laser System, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What is the Medtronic Visualase?
Visualase is an MRI-guided, minimally invasive laser ablation system that allows the surgeon to monitor tissue ablation in real-time. Medtronic claims that Visualase is the smallest laser catheter on the market, requiring tiny incisions, minimal sutures, and very little recovery time.
Visualase Brain Surgery Risk
In cases where the Medtronic Visualase is operating on the brain, inaccuracies in the MRI-laser guided system could result in the following complications:
- Permanent brain damage
- Intracranial hemorrhage
- Brain swelling
- Unintentional injury to healthy brain tissue
- Other serious side effects
Have There Been Other Recalls?
In addition to the Sept. 2018 recall over reports of the Medtronic Visualase overheating, the device has been recalled several times:
- June 2017 – Medtronic recalls the Visualase laser tip cap (VCLAS 15MM TIP) over concerns the device may not seal properly, which could allow saline to leak out of the tip of the device.
- July 2018 – Class II Recall issued for the Visualase Cooled Laser Applicator System (VCLAS) amid reports of “low laser energy output from fiber or fiber burnout at lower wattage.”
Can I File a Class Action?
Although Schmidt & Clark, LLP, is a nationally recognized class action firm, we have decided against this type of litigation when it comes to the Medtronic Visualase MRI-Guided Laser Ablation System. Our lawyers feel that if there is a successful resolution to these cases, individual suits, not class actions will be the best way to get maximum payouts to our clients. If you’ve been injured by the Medtronic Visualase, we know you’ve suffered emotionally and economically, and want to work with you personally to obtain the maximum compensation for the damages caused by your injuries. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights.
Do I have a Visualase Recall Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Medtronic Visualase Recall Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was harmed following surgery with the Medtronic Visualase Laser System, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.