Medtronic Infuse Lawyers Reviewing Lawsuits for Bone Graft Problems

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted May 7, 2012


More than three years after our lawyers first posted information on this blog about the risk of problems with Medtronic Infuse bone graft surgery, individuals continue to suffer serious and potentially life-threatening injuries.

This week, we added new information and resources to our website about potential Medtronic Infuse lawsuits, which are being investigated for individuals throughout the United States who have been hospitalized or died as a result of problems following off-label use of the genetically engineered bone growth stimulator.

The Medtronic Infuse lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential claims for individuals who experienced bone graft problems, such as:

  • Inflammatory Reactions or Swelling
  • Nerve Damage
  • Breathing or Respiratory Problems
  • Cancer
  • Sterility in Men
  • Sudden Death

Medtronic Infuse contains an absorbable collagen sponge that is treated with rhBMP-2 (Recombinant Human Bone Morphogenetic Protein), which encourages the growth of bone and the joining or fusion of the vertebrae together. However, the release of rhBMP-2 into other areas of the body may stimulate a rapid, potentially life-threatening reaction.

According to allegations raised in product liability lawsuits over the Medtronic Infuse, the manufacturer recklessly encouraged the use of the bone graft during procedures that were never studied, even though it was known that such use may increase the risk of serious injury.

To review a potential claim with our lawyers on behalf of yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

13 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • Sandra says:

    I have no quality of life. Pain, nerve damage, and adhesive arachnoditis limits my mobility. Adhesvive arachnoditis is 99% doctor caused. When inflamation is high I can barely move my leggs or sit.

    Posted on May 21, 2012 at 10:44 pm

  • BRANDON says:

    I had my spinal surgery on oct 19th of 2009. I pushed for a speedy recovery and to walk since I was high risk. At this moment since the surgery my spine clinic dr. has no clue why I have my symptoms as he has made clear I should be fine and able to work.. my t-11 and y-12 were fused together using that product as well . since that has happened I have shortness in breath like my chest is being compressed but that follows a sharp pain around the surgery area. My symptoms include involuntary muscle spasms in my legs-back- abdomen which also includes severe pain- severe incontinence both bowl and urine- ed- severe pains from below my shoulders down to my toes and numbness in lower abdomen legs and back- I have periods where sometimes my body will jerk violently , and also moments sharp crippling pain drives me to the floor.
    Mornings consist of taking a bit to get up and severe chronic pain. At moments I have partial or temporary paralysis in my legs and sometimes I am bed ridden. I constantly have and need help doing things and cannot function as a normal being. . my spine clinic dr. had stated on his end there should be no reason I can’t work but it is hard even to just sit lay and do anything at all without severe pain… both dr. and myself were puzzled and also thing maybe something else which includes the infuse since my symptoms concur with that of the infuse except it’s to a degree that even being on what pain management im on or do it never stops the problem, not even the high level of pain killers n nerve blockers I was on which also hinders and impairs me enough mentally emotional issues due to my deteriating condition also since the surgery as well.

    Posted on May 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm

  • cathy says:

    I am suffering in lot of pain in my low back and legs’ I’m to the point where I don’t know how long I need to suffer like this’or can its starting to feel like I’m not gonna ever get better, I’m 51 and I feel like I’m 80 with the way I walk,

    Posted on June 7, 2012 at 6:59 pm

  • Teresa says:

    I had my lower back done in 4/2004 or 5/2004 then I had my neck done around June 2004 then i kept having trouble with my back. had stents put in heart in april/2007 then gallblatter took out in July/2007 then by-pass in Aug. 2007. and still having trouble.

    Posted on June 27, 2012 at 8:03 pm

  • carl says:

    i had surgery on my c5/c6 and c6/c7 to remove the disc on jan 23 2012.the first 2months i felt great then started regressing until the pain in my neck and hands and arms has become surgons assistant

    Posted on July 27, 2012 at 10:46 pm

  • Frances says:

    I had the fusion done on the back of my neck and I have been having problems with this every since last year and my Doctor don’t understand what’s going on with me and I don;t either. I have suddenly drop in my blood pressure,have numbness, and swelling on the left-side of my body,I have light-headed and dizzy spells my neck hurts,bad headaches and a lot of restless nights.I forgot to mention I had this surgery in July 2008.

    Posted on July 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm

  • Bruce says:

    I had L5-S1 multilevel infuse bone graft done surgery done on my lumbar back in May 2012. After a month I felt good and could do things. I even went back to work. During the month I worked it seem like It was getting harder to do things like sit, stand, turn & move my body without it hurting real bad in my lower back. i went back to the Dr with bad pain and like a nerve was being touch. Now its hard to stand more than 15 minutes and I cannot get comfortabe at all. Anything I try to do like I use to hurts and I ended up having to stop after 5 or 10 minutes. Its December now and my Dr does not know why I hurt and does not understand why. Has tryed to send me to 4 other Doctors and they will not touch me. I have even tryed to find a Dr to see me and every time you say multilevel infuse bone graft. No we can’t see you. This hads been hell.

    Posted on December 13, 2012 at 5:23 pm

  • michael says:

    I had two crushed disc misdiagnosed in 2001. I had my fusion in 2003

    Posted on March 22, 2013 at 1:28 am

  • sylvia says:

    I had this surgery.and I have trouble with swelling around my neck .breathing, nerve damage etc. when are we going to get paid from the cost adminstator i’m glad u.s. senate with fda caught them.

    Posted on August 25, 2013 at 3:42 pm

  • Cathy says:

    I had a spinal fusion and an “artificial disc” so I was told by my surgeon, in March, 2007. I have had unbearable pain in my left hip down to my ankle since 2 days flowing that surgery. I still can not lay on my left side. I have spent to date, over $30,000 on co pays on Dr.s, tests, PT, and RXs to control this pain. My quality of life is gone. I am only in my mid 50s. Because of the greed of this company that makes Infuse, so many lives have been ruined, or lost. I would like to know the Dr.s who took money to use this product.
    This needs more National attention so that the courts begin to rule in the favor of the patients.

    Posted on May 26, 2014 at 9:21 pm

  • Tim says:

    I had lumbar fusion in 2000.In 2003 foundout the hardware was broke .The rods & screws had to be removed as they were serving no purpose.In 2008 I had artificial disc implanted in my cervical spine at C-6 C7. Now I get this pain that goes up my neck into my head causing headaches.The problem is you believe these Doctors are there to help the patient.The bottom line is the financial gain for them & the manufacturing companies. This will never change because of that reason alone.

    Posted on June 19, 2014 at 8:49 pm

  • Latitia says:

    I had my lumbar surgery in 2003 and had a bone simulator placed and should have been removed ninety days after and as of now Its still there ive been in hospital numerous times and not found out what causes my illness i loss urine at night and not no it until i wake up i get infections all the time like kidney infections so server that they have to put me in the hospital. Sometime my pain gets so bad that i can’t walk it hurts just to lay down or sit it runs down both my legs and i i have a family and cant enjoy them cause i stay in pain all the time and just think with all ive been through i deserve to get help their.

    Posted on July 26, 2014 at 12:33 pm

  • Gene says:

    I had my cspine surgery in 2007, didn’t know anything about the bmp until just before the surgery. Now I have neck pain, when it hurts can’t turn my head as far side to side nad swallowing is difficult, my fingers go numb along with pain in my arms. I was wondering if anyone else has these problems.My cage is between c4-5 and c5-6

    Posted on May 5, 2018 at 3:37 pm

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