Use of the Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft medical device in any other region than the lower back can result in severe medical complications. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved the Infuse Bone Graft for use in the posterior lumbar spine and in some dental bone procedures, however, the medical device has been used to treat bone damage in the cervical (neck) area of the spine. Within a four year time period, the FDA received at least 38 reports of serious complications associated with the use of the Infuse Bone Graft in the neck. Some of the severe complications that can arise with use of the bone graft in the cervical spine are:
Ectopic bone growth
According to one of the first clinical trials of the Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft, ectopic bone growth, or unwanted bone growth, had formed in the spinal canal of 70 percent of the patients under observation. Patients with ectopic bone growth may need additional surgeries to remove the unwanted bone.
Inflammatory cyst formation
The Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft contains a genetically engineered version of a protein found naturally in the body: Bone morphogenetic protein (BMP). Surgeons have found that inflammatory cyst formation can occur around the BMP graft.
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Additional complications that can arise after implantation of an Infuse Bone Graft in the cervical spine are:
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty swallowing
- Compressed airway
- Swollen neck
- Nerve damage
- Difficulty talking
- Wrongful death.
Speak to a Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft Injury Lawyer Immediately
If your or a loved one suffered a serious medical complication after a Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft was implanted into the cervical spine, you should speak to a Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft complications lawyer at Estey Bomberger immediately. Allegedly, Medtronic paid physicians to falsifying reports about the risks associated with off-label use of the bone graft and actively encouraged doctors to use the bone graft in ways that had not been approved by the FDA.
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