Recall of Device Recall Enterra Gastric Electrical Stimulation System

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this recall involved a device in United States that was produced by Medtronic Neuromodulation.

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
    Intestinal stimulator - Product Code LNQ
  • Reason
    Medtronic is in the process of updating the enterra therapy labeling to include information regarding the risks of bowel obstruction and/or perforation. medtronic has received 15 reports since november 2002 of bowel obstruction and/or perforation of the bowel associated with enterra therapy system leads. of the 15 reported events, 11 required surgical intervention (all patients recovered withou.
  • Action
    Medtronic Neuromodulation issued a "Medical Device Correction" letter beginning August 25, 2009 addressed to Healthcare Professionals. The letter described the Nature of the Issue, Scope, Potential Severity of the Issue, Enterra Therapy System labeling updating information warnings, Recommendations and other Additional Information. For further information, contact Medronic Neuromodulation Technical Services at 1-800-707-0933.


  • Model / Serial
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide Distribution.
  • Product Description
    Medtronic Enterra Therapy, Gastric Electrical Stimulation System, consisting of model 3116 Enterra Therapy Neurostimulator and model 4351 Unipolar Intramuscular Lead. Medtronic, Inc., 710 Medtronic Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55432-5604 USA. || The Neurostimulator (implantable neurostimulator or INS) is a multiprogrammable device designed to deliver therapy through gastric electrical stimulation when connected to a lead system. Humanitarian Device: Authorized by Federal Law for use in treatment of chronic intractable (drug refractory) nausea and vomiting secondary to gastroparesis of diabetic or idiopathic etiology.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Medtronic Neuromodulation, 7000 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis MN 55432-3568
  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
  • Manufacturer comment
    “If our surveillance systems identify a potential performance issue, our personnel promptly evaluate the problem, including, when appropriate, conducting root cause investigations and internal testing to assess whether the product continues to meet specifications and defined performance criteria,” Medtronic told ICIJ in a statement. “In some cases, based on this evaluation, Medtronic may determine that a recall is necessary.” The company said that it communicates with healthcare providers and/or patients and provide recommendations to address such issues. Medtronic noted that these communications can include letters, emails, calls, press releases, physician notifications and social media postings, as well as informing the FDA and other regulators of the actions.
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