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NeuroBlate Lawsuit

NeuroBlate Lawsuit

The Monteris NeuroBlate Laser Probe was recalled because it can overheat or the tip can break off during brain surgery, resulting in permanent brain damage or death.

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The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Monteris NeuroBlate Probe induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with a brain injury or died after brain surgery, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Monteris Recalls NeuroBlate System and Laser

In October 2017, Monteris Medical Group recalled the NeuroBlate System and Laser Delivery Probe after reports of the laser overheating healthy brain tissue, causing brain damage, as well as the tip of the probe breaking off and releasing carbon monoxide (used as a cooling agent) into the brain. These problems can cause permanent brain damage or death.

FDA Issues Class I Recall for NeuroBlate Probe

March 2018 — The FDA announced a Class I recall for the NeuroBlate Probe and reported that a man died of an intracranial hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain) when the NeuroBlate Probe malfunctioned during surgery.

NeuroBlate Probe Brain Injuries

  • Permanent brain damage
  • Intracranial hemorrhage
  • Bleeding
  • Brain swelling
  • Unintentional injury to healthy brain tissue
  • Disability
  • Death

What is the NeuroBlate Probe?

Monteris Medical Group manufactures the NeuroBlate Laser Delivery Probe (previously called the “AutoLitt System”). The device is a small, carbon dioxide (CO2)-cooled catheter that is used in minimally-invasive brain surgery to remove, thicken, solidify, or destroy brain tissue. It is commonly used to treat of brain tumors in people with cancer. It is also being investigated for use in people with epilepsy.

How Does the NeuroBlate System Work?

The NeuroBlate System uses a hot laser to destroy brain tissue and tumors while a surgeon watches the process using an MRI with thermal imaging. The system uses contained carbon dioxide (CO2) to cool off healthy parts of the brain that are not supposed to be heated.

What is the Problem?

If the NeuroBlate Laser Delivery Probe interacts with the MRI, the tip of the probe can overheat and accidentally destroy healthy brain tissue, or leak CO2 into the brain, according to the FDA:

“This could cause unanticipated heating of surrounding brain tissue, or damage the tip of the probe, and allow the CO2 cooling gas inside the probe to leak into the brain.”

What Neuroblate Systems Were Recalled?

Monteris Medical is recalling 52 NeuroBlate Systems in the U.S. and Canada. The recall involves products with codes GEX or HAW which were manufactured between April 2013 and July 2017, and models:

  • SideFire 3.3 mm (SFP) Directional Laser Probe (sizes 000-5)
  • FullFire 3.3 mm DTP Diffusing Tip Laser Probe (sizes 000-5)
  • FullFire Select 2.2 mm Diffusing Tip Laser Probe (sizes 000-5)

Do I have a NeuroBlate Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Monteris NeuroBlate Probe induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with a brain injury or died after brain surgery, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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