When pain becomes unbearable and a patient does not respond well to oral medications, options can be limited. That’s why more than 200,000 people have opted to receive implants of a device called the Medtronic SynchroMed II.
The device was initially promoted as a safe and reliable way to treat chronic pain and severe muscle spasms using advanced technology. But, in the years since it was first approved, the device has been associated with dozens of failures and defects that have led to hundreds of severe injuries and a handful of deaths.
Now, patients are fighting back with lawsuits against Medtronic over claims that the medical device company made a defective device and failed to warn consumers of the risks.