Recall of Visualase Body Accessory Kit

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
    Stylet, surgical, general & plastic surgery - Product Code GAH
  • Reason
    Medtronic navigation, inc. announces a voluntary field action for the visualase visualization stylets and visualase body accessory kit because when the visualization stylet is placed in the magnetic field of a magnetic resonance imaging system it pulls and/or bends toward the field.
  • Action
    Medtronic sent an Urgent Medical Device Recall letter dated September 2, 2016, to all affected consignees. The letter identified the product, the problem, and the action to be taken by the consignee. Consignees were instructed to examine their stock for the affected product and if any are found contact Medtronic to arrange for a no charge replacement. Customers were asked to complete the Customer Confirmation form attached to the letter and return it to Medtronic at or by Fax to 651-367-7075. Customers with questions were instructed to contact Medtronic Technical Services at 1-800-595-9709. For questions regarding this recall call 720-890-3200.


  • Model / Serial
    Lot number 151591
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide Distribution - US including CA, GA, FL, and TX. Internationally to Australia.
  • Product Description
    Visualase Body Accessory Kit PN 020-3000. The individual components within the Visualase Body Accessory Kit are packaged in Tyvek pouches. The packaged devices are then placed into a cardboard box which is labeled with the Body Accessory Kit label. Labeled sterile. || The visualization stylet is constructed of titanium and used during Visualase laser ablation procedures by inserting it into intracorporeal catheter lumens for improved catheter stiffness and MRI visualization during procedures.
  • 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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