The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are now evaluating and reviewing the potential for Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft lawsuits on behalf of individuals who received the bone stimulator during a cervical spine fusion, or neck surgery. The use of the Medtronic bone graft in the cervical spine has been associated with serious and life-threatening complications.
The Medtronic Infuse bone graft is a man-made liquid bone stimulator that is used to promote bone growth and replace damaged spinal disks by filling in the gaps between vertebrae. Although it has only been approved by the FDA for use in the lumbar spine and during certain dental bone grafting procedures, the bone stimulator has been widely used “off-label” in the cervical spine or neck.
Use of the Infuse bone graft in the cervical spine has been associated with the potential development of severe neck swelling, which may compress the airway and the nerves. This could cause problems to develop within days or weeks of surgery, including difficulty breathing, trouble swallowing, inability to speak, respiratory arrest or even death.
Medtronic currently faces a criminal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice involving their promotion and marketing of the Infuse bone stimulator for use in the cervical spine. Although they have never established that it is safe and effective when used in the cervical spine, Medtronic placed profits before patient safety to increase sales of the device.
According to the Wall Street Journal, what is believed to be the first Medtronic Infuse bone graft lawsuit has recently been filed in California involving the use of this device in the cervical spine. The lawsuit alleges that Medtronic encouraged the Plaintiffs’ doctors to use the Infuse bone graft in the cervical spine, and that representatives from Medtronic were even present during the surgery.
The Medtronic Infuse bone graft lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. suspect that this situation is not unique, as many other individuals throughout the United States have experienced cervical fusion surgery complications caused by use of the Medtronic bone stimulator.
If you, a friend or family member have experienced compliations or problems following use of the Medtronic Infuse bone graft in the cervical spine or neck, contact our attorneys to evaluate whether compensation may be available. To review a potential case, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.