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Medtronics Infuse Bone Graft

The Infuse bone graft is used to encourage bone growth, and is housed in a small container or cage that is implanted into the spine. Infuse is manufactured by Medtronic, Inc. and consists of the LT-Cage Device, a small, hollow metal cylinder, which is filled with a genetically engineered material that stimulates bone growth.

Infuse Bone Graft Complications

 

Allegedly, Medtronic neglected to inform patients anddoctors of serious Medtronic Infuse problems related to the product and promoted the use of the protein in a number of unapproved settings. The Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft has received FDA approval in lower spine repair surgery to stimulate bone growth, but was not approved for use in the cervical spine, which runs from the shoulders to the head. Still, some patients have undergone a cervical spine surgery using the Infuse bone graft to treat neck pain;patients who underwent surgery with the bone graft in this setting may be atrisk for serious infuse bone graft complications.

 

The FDA has received numerous reports of Medtronic Infuse problems associated with its use in cervical spine fusions, for which it has not received FDA approval. These Medtronic Infuse problems include ifficultyswallowing, breathing and speaking, as well as swelling of the neck and throat tissue. Other Medtronic Infuse complications reportedly associated with the product include:

 

  • Uncontrolled bone growth at or near the site of the surgery
  • Chronic radiating pain in the legs or arms
  • Male sterility, retrograde ejaculation, or other uro-genital injuries
  • Cancer
  • Difficulty Breathing, Swallowing or Speaking
  • Compression of the Airway
  • Respiratory Depression
  • Nerve Damage
  • Death

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