Recall of Device Recall Specify neurostimulation leads

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 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
    Stimulator, spinal-cord, totally implanted for pain relief - Product Code LGW
  • Reason
    Some specify 5-6-5 and 2x8 surgical lead product labeling does not adequately distinguish between permanent surgical implant and trialing/screening use.
  • Action
    Consignees were sent a Medtronic "Medical Device Correction" letter dated January 2016. The letter was addressed to Healthcare Professional. The letter described the problem and the product involved in the recall. Advised consignees to ensure their staff of the action that is being recommended. Requested consignees to complete and return the "Physician Confirmation Form". For additional information they can contact Medtronic Neuromodulation Technical services at 1-800-707-0933 weekends 7 am - 6 Pm Central time.


  • Model / Serial
    All lot/serial numbers are affected for both Model numbers: 39565 and 39286
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide Distribution, including US Nationwide.
  • Product Description
    Specify 5-6-5 Lead, Specify 2x8 Lead, Model Numbers: 39565, 39286. Spinal cord stimulation leads. Part of a neurostimulation system for treating chronic, intractable pain of the trunk and/or limbs-including unilateral or bilateral pain.
  • 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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