Recently, a study was published on NIH, in which the researcher concluded that “despite the excellent spinal fusion rates promoted by this powerful molecule, the increasingly reported adverse outcomes associated with bone morphogenetic protein usage have created real concerns.”
These “real concerns” have been echoed at the FDA (see link above) but in the growing number of medtronic infuse bone graft lawsuit filed across the country.
The researcher further states that study “will provide the reader with a good understanding of the reported complications associated with rhBMP-2 use and ultimately help recognize its safety spectrum and limits for better clinical application.”
In addition, a study published on NIH, the article concluded that “In a retrospective cohort study of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample database (a sample of 20% of United States community hospitals) consisting of 328468 spinal fusion procedures, BMP use was associated with greater complications for anterior cervical fusions and greater hospital charges. Nonetheless, in select complex cervical patients, the use of BMP in a controlled fashion may have benefits that outweigh the risks as supported by several authors.”
Based on the above, it is probably safe to say that the medtronic infuse bone graft warrants this heightened level of attention.
Medtronic manufactures and sells Infuse, a medical device used in surgery to strengthen the spines of individuals with degenerated vertebral discs. Infuse consists of an absorbable collagen sponge, rhBMP-2 (a manufactured version of a protein found in small quantities in the human body), and a titanium threaded fusion cage. During surgery, the doctor infuses the collagen sponge with liquid rhBMP-2 and inserts the sponge into the cage to both stabilize the spine and maintain spacing between the vertebrae during the fusion process. Unfortunately, some potential problems may be connected to the use of the medtronic infuse bone graft during spinal surgery. Some the potential problems may include:
- Difficulty Breathing
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Difficulty Speaking
- Compression of the Airway
- Respiratory Depression
- Nerve Damage
For more information on Medtronic’s Infuse Bone Graft, click here.
If you or your loved one has are suffering a side effect/injury from use of the infuse bone graft – off label – in neck cervical spine surgery, please seek and consult with your healthcare provider as soon as possible. And, if you have been injured and want to talk to a infuse bone graft lawyer and/or file a low medtronic infuse bone graft lawsuit, contact us.
Contact Us At the Gooch Law Firm, we pride ourselves on providing our clients reliable representation for even the most challenging cases. We are here to help with your medtronic infuse bone graft lawsuit. If you are suffering a side effect or injury from the off-label use of the medtronic infuse bone graft in neck or cervical spine surgery and would like your case evaluated, contact our office at 1.844.329.5955.
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