Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft
Bone grafting, or the replacement of bone tissue, is an important but difficult part of many surgical procedures and sometimes involves more than one surgery. So when medical device giant Medtronic put its Infuse bone graft product on the market, it seemed as though that might become a thing of the past. Infuse was developed so that people needing surgery for lumbar degenerative disc disease, as well as some individuals with surgical needs for degenerating tibia or oral/dental tissue, could skip the bone harvesting process. Now painful and potentially deadly side effects have occurred in Medtronic Infuse standard and off-label use resulting in thousands of injury claims. Our South Carolina and North Carolina personal injury lawyers at Grimes Teich Anderson may be able to help you or your loved one hurt because of Medtronic Infuse.
Medtronic developed the Infuse Bone Graft for use in degenerated lumbar vertebrae. In situations like these, when Infuse is used for its originally intended purpose, the Infuse graft protein is placed in a cage device fitted to a patient’s specific spinal anatomy. In a single surgery the degenerating spinal disc(s) are removed and the device is fixed in the disc’s place. This device saves patients a second surgery to remove bone tissue from the hip, which is typically the graft source, or another region of the body’s healthy bone. In 2011, a group of doctors specializing in spinal reconstructions went public with the claim that Medtronic had overstated the benefits of its Infuse product and interfered with independent studies into the effectiveness of the biotechnology. Medtronic says its studies show otherwise. The North Carolina and South Carolina personal injury lawyers at Grimes Teich Anderson, along with our national co-counsel, want to help you if you have been hurt because of a Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft. We can help protect your rights and your interests. We are experienced trial attorneys who only represent injured clients. Not getting representation in an injury case can cost you benefits to which you may be entitled and raise the risk of errors such as missed deadlines which can nullify your entire claim.Off-Label Use Injuries
Other plaintiffs have made successful claims against Medtronic regarding Infuse in its off-label uses in spinal bone graft situations. Infuse was only approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in anterior lumbar fusion surgery at first, with later approvals for tibia and oral/dental usage. Infuse was never formally approved for use in cervical or thoracic fusions, posterior lumbar fusions, or multi-level spinal fusions. The initial success of Medtronic Infuse made it a popular off-label option among surgeons performing these unapproved spinal operations, and many plaintiffs in cases involving these off-label operations allege that Medtronic marketed Infuse aggressively for these procedures. Many cases in which Infuse was used as an off-label bone graft replacement option have resulted in bone growth in unintended regions of patients’ bodies. Our personal injury attorneys may be able to help you if you were injured because of an off-label use of Medtronic Infuse. Injuries have included severe inflammation and the need for additional surgery to remove unwanted bone from the spinal canal. Some patients have suffered compression of airways and other respiratory issues as well as interference with their trachea resulting in the need for a tracheotomy. Injuries may also include interference with the esophagus causing the need for a feeding tube and nerve impingement, causing severe chronic pain in the back and/or neck. Injuries may also result in death. Rarer cases have also linked the off-label use of Medtronic Infuse with an increased risk of cancer and male infertility.
Medtronic has denied wrongdoing in all legal proceedings relating to its Infuse bone graft protein but has paid out over $300 million to just under 6000 claimants in Infuse cases. Claims against Medtronic for the painful and even lethal consequences of its negligence regarding Infuse may sometimes settlement out of court, but that doesn’t always happen. That is why you need knowledgeable and experienced personal injury trial attorneys like those at Grimes Teich Anderson and our co-counsel who will protect your interests, something Medtronic’s lawyers are not going to do. Please fill out our online form or call us at 800-533-6845 for a free injury consultation.