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    St Judes neurostimulaters are junk
    Smallt posted:
    My husband had one implanted and it failed in less than 6 months. To top it off even though his model was one of the ones recalled St. Judes decided we don't have a claim and refuses to pay.
    My husband is now left with not only the pain he started with but also the pain from the two surgeries he had to endure for their piece of junk.
    Check out their recalls..Quite a few in the last three years..probably because they are making junk!!!!
    ctbeth responded:
    If your husband had an "Eon Mini" battery , St Jude's Medical will replace the unit at no charge.

    The manufacturer's flaw is a tiny weld inside of the battery case.

    Although SJM will replace the unit, it is at your insurance company's discretion whether the replacement procedure will be compensated. I have not heard of any "Eon minis" that have been recalled in which the replacement has not been paid. That doesn't mean that it hasn't happened; just that I have not heard of any case in which the replacement has not been covered.

    What sort of claim are you considering besides replacement?

    For what has St Jude's refused to pay?
    ctbeth responded:
    -Some Info from St Jude Medical- to MDs re; Eon mini IPG-

    As of Nov 30, 2012 we have received 214 reports of Eon Mini IPGs out of a population of
    34,617 distributed devices affected by this recall (0.62%) where the device lost the ability to communicate or recharge.

    St. Jude Medical understands that each patient is different and recommends you discuss this issue
    with your patient as necessary.

    To further assist in your patient care, we are providing you with a list of all serial numbers we show have been distributed to you (see Attachment A).

    Following discussions with our outside Medical Advisory Board, St. Jude Medical recommends:

    "022 For product that does not match the serial number listing, no actions are necessary.
    However, if you received an IPG from another source or a patient has transferred from another physician, please contact your St. Jude Medical Neuromodulation Division
    representative to check those serial numbers for potentially affected devices.

    "022 For unimplanted product that matches devices listed in the serial number listing in Attachment A, do not implant the device and please contact your St. Jude Medical
    representative to have the device returned to St. Jude Medical. A replacement device will
    be provided at no additional cost to you.

    "022 For implanted product that matches the serial number listing in Attachment A, as advised
    by our Medical Advisory Board:

    We recommend that you do not unnecessarily explant the devices associated with this advisory if the IPGs are functioning as intended.

    If the duration between recharges becomes significantly shorter or there is a sudden loss of power, contact your St. Jude Medical representative to evaluate if:

    "022 the recharge burden is within normal operating expectations based on the patient's programmed parameters,

    "022 the device is approaching normal end of life characteristics, or

    "022 a device replacement is warranted.
    If device replacement is required due to weld failures within the inner battery,

    St. Jude Medical will provide a replacement IPG at no charge.

    Does your husband have an implantable pulse generator (IPG) in place now?

    Is there a way that we, a pain management community, can be of assistance to you or your husband at this time?

    Good luck.
    Texasannieb responded:
    My son has had an AHS Penta stimulator (a paddle) implanted in November 2012. In March 2013, he had a second surgery as the first one did not work. Now, in June 2013 the unit still does not work, at all, and he has been told they need to go back in and readjust. I am looking for a lawyer to represent him in this matter. He has had over 30 surgeries or medical procedures to allieve his pain from an automobile accident. He also has two pain management specialists, the one who preformed this surgery after selling him on the idea the St Judes unit would eliminate his pain, is a Nurosurgeon. I am angry and I am going to find a lawyer in Texas who is knowledgable about these units and we will see who is at fault.

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