INFUSE® Cervical Spine Fusion Problems
In 2002, the FDA approved INFUSE® for one type of spine surgery only: anterior approach lumbar fusion. It has not been approved for many other types of spine surgeries, including lateral or posterior approach lumbar fusion surgeries, neck surgery or cervical spine surgery.
Studies have shown that as many as 50 percent of patients that receive an INFUSE® bone graft suffer complications and side effects, including ectopic bone growth, uncontrolled bone growth, inflammatory cyst formation, cancer, and infertility in men. Other side effects and symptoms include ongoing or chronic radiating pain in the legs or arms (i.e., neuritis, radiculopathy, or radiculitis), retrograde ejaculation, or other uro-genital injuries in men.
Severe Complications when Infuse is used in Cervical Spinal Fusion Surgery
Especially severe are the complications associated with Cervical Spinal Fusion surgery. In the days following a cervical spine surgery, patients have been shown to suffer swelling of the airways, respiratory depression, nerve damage, and acute severe neck swelling resulting in permanent injury or death.
Patients who have experienced these symptoms have required significant care, including respiratory support, insertion of feeding tubes, anti-inflammatory medications, tracheotomies, and additional surgeries.
Contact an Experienced Medical Device Attorney
If you or a loved one has undergone spinal fusion surgery using Medtronic INFUSE® BMP-2 and have
experienced problems, contact Brooks Cutter for a free and confidential case evaluation by calling 888-285-3333 or filling out the contact form on this page.