Medtronic INFUSE Bone Graft is a medical device used to replace damaged bone in patients with degenerative disc disease or dental bone disorders. The INFUSE Bone Graft is made up of two parts: a genetically engineered version of a protein (recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2) that is found naturally in the body and a carrier, which releases the protein.
The INFUSE Bone Graft is placed surgically where new bone growth is needed. Over a period of time, the bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) attracts the body’s bone building cells to form new bone. Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved the Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft for use in the posterior lumbar spine (lower back) and in some dental bone grafting procedures, “off-label” use of the medical device has become rampant. Use of the bone graft in any other part of the spine (such as the cervical area) or body not approved by the FDA, can cause serious medical complications, including paralysis, uncontrolled bone growth, ectopic bone growth, nerve damage, cancer, male sterility, and death.
Infuse Bone Graft Complications
In July 2008, after receiving at least 38 reports of complications with the use of the Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft in cervical (neck) spinal fusion, the FDA issued a warning alerting the public of the dangers associated with the off-label use of the medical device. Although physicians are allowed off-label use of medical devices approved by the FDA, it is against the law for medical device manufacturers to market or encourage off-label use. According to reports, Medtronic not only encouraged physicians to use their product in cervical spine procedures, they paid a physician to fabricate a study showing positive results for use of the bone graft in the cervical spine.
Protecting Your Legal Right to Maximum Compensation
If you or a loved one suffered serious medical complications after receiving an Infuse Bone Graft cervical spine procedure, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the manufacturer of the dangerous medical device. To ensure your legal right to maximum compensation is protected, contact a Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft lawsuit lawyer at Estey Bomberger as soon as possible. We will work tirelessly to ensure you get the funds you need for medical bills, lost earnings from missed time at work, diminished quality of life, and pain and suffering.
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