EON and EON Mini are implants created to relieve chronic pain. These implants, which are manufactured by St. Jude, are designed to be placed under the skin and near the spinal column. Here, it generates small electrical currents that disrupt pain signals being sent to the brain. This can confuse the brain, reducing pain intensity and encouraging a flood of endorphins, a natural pain reliever. While this system has been known to work in the past, St. Jude’s implants are deeply flawed.
These devices were recalled twice, once in 2011 and again in 2012. Both times, the recall was due to malfunctions in the device’s battery system. The EON and EON Mini were not adequately tested for use in the human body before they were approved by the FDA, and this became apparent with the frequent breakdowns in device after implantation. In malfunctioning implants, the batteries would regularly fail permanently, causing pain to return and forcing doctors to remove the implant. Because every surgery carries a risk of injury, this represents a major product liability.
Patients who have received flawed implants have suffered from additional injuries, including burns, scarring and even worse pain than they started with. Many people who have filed suits against the manufacturer have claimed a significant loss of quality of life as a result of their implant.