What Is A Bone Graft?
Bone Grafts are pieces of bone or synthetic bones that can replace damaged bones in the body.
The Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft is a device made out of synthetic, concentrated proteins that are intended to promote bone growth and alleviate pain. Medtronic Infuse Bone Grafts were approved by the FDA in 2002 for use in spinal fusion surgeries.
There are two parts to the Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft System. The first is the Synthetic bone morphogenetic protein, which comes in a powder. The powder is mixed with sterilized water to create a solution. The second part of the system is a sponge manufactured from cow collagen.
The sponge absorbs the solution and that combination is transferred into a metallic device called an LT-CAGE. The LT-Cages are implanted into the spine—holding the sponge in place. Over time, the sponge releases the protein, encouraging bone growth.
Infuse Bone Graft Side Effects
It was alleged that Medtronic promoted the use of their product in unapproved (off-label) settings including use in the cervical spine, or upper back. When the Infuse Bone Graft is used off-label, complications can be serious and even life-threatening. Side effects include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Compression of the airway
- Swelling of the neck
- Nerve damage
- Retrograde ejaculation
- Sterility in men
- Unwanted bone growth
- Most of these side effects occur between 2 and 14 days following the surgery.
Experienced Infuse Bone Graft Attorneys
If you or someone you care about has experienced any complications after receiving a Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft, contact an experienced attorney at Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers. For more information about our firm, go to www.schultzmyers.com.