Recall of Device Recall Visualase Cooled Laser Applicator System (VCLAS)

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

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
    Powered laser surgical instrument - Product Code GEX
  • Reason
    Potential for the visualase cooled laser applicator system (vclas) catheters to melt during procedures.
  • Action
    Medtronic will be sending a Medical Device Safety Notification letter FedEx on May 18, 2016. Each customer will be asked to complete and return a response form to Medtronic. This is a safety alert notification and does not require return of devices. We are committed to patient safety and appreciate your prompt attention to this matter. If you have any questions regarding this action, please contact Medtronic Technical Services at 1-800-595-9709.


  • Model / Serial
    All lot numbers manufactured by BioTex are affected for Model Numbers:  T03: 001-4003 - VCLAS 001-4003 .4mm CORE FIBER 3mm TIP T10: 001-4000 - VCLAS 001-4000 .4mm CORE FIBER 10mm TIP T15: 001-6000 - VCLAS 001-6000 .6mm CORE FIBER 15mm TIP
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Distributed within the US, Netherlands, Canada and Australia and to govt/VA/military consignees.
  • Product Description
    Visualase Cooled Laser Applicator System (VCLAS). The VCLAS system consists of the Visualase Laser Diffusing Fiber (LDF) and the Visualase Cooled Catheter System (CCS). || The LDF and disposables (including the CCS) is indicated for use to necrotize or coagulate soft tissue through interstitial irradiation or thermal therapy in medicine and surgery in cardiovascular thoracic surgery (excluding the heart and the vessels of the pericardial sac), dermatology, ear-nose-throat surgery, gastroenterology, general surgery, gynecology, head and neck surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, pulmonology, radiology and urology.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Medtronic Navigation, Inc., 826 Coal Creek Cir, Louisville CO 80027-9710
  • 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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