The Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft is a medical device intended to be implanted after bone graft surgery in the lower back as an alternative to using the patient’s own bone to graft to the area. A sponge-like substance is soaked in bone protein is implanted between vertebrae. The bone protein stimulates the bone to grow and the sponge is absorbed by the body.
Problems arise when the device is used in areas other than in the lower spine where the FDA has approved it. When implanted in the upper-spinal areas, the product can cause massive swelling in the neck and throat leading to suffocation and death.
Complications from Medtronic INFUSE used in ways not approved by the FDA include:
- Swelling of the neck and throat that can lead to suffocation
- Male Sterility
- Chronic pain radiating to arms and legs
- Breathing problems
- Nerve damage
- Emergency surgery
Medtronic aggressively promoted the use of the bone graft for non-approved uses to increase its sales. It also allegedly paid doctors and other professionals for their support of the products.
Medtronic has set aside millions of dollars to settle claims of complications to its bone graft product. If you have had a spinal implant with a Medtronic device, call the lawyers of Nolan Caddell Reynolds today. We can help you get relief from medical bills as well as pain and suffering from your complications.