What are Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft Cervical Spine Procedures?

By: Shannon Blanchard, Esq.

If you or your loved one has recently experienced a cervical spine procedure and your surgeon used the Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft medical device, it is possible that you may have a potential lawsuit against Medtronic, if you suffered from a serious side effect. Due to the recent reports which indicate that surgeons across the country are using this medical device for off-label purposes, including for cervical spine procedure, personal injury attorneys believe that the victims should be aware of the adverse effects this device imposes on patients who have undergone a cervical spine procedure.

Beginning 2008, lawsuits against Medtronic began to emerge. The plaintiffs in these Medtronic Lawsuits claimed that they Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft caused them to sustained serious injuries such as swelling in the neck and throat during a cervical spine fusion, and other lawsuits claimed that this device was responsible for causing the death of a loved one. Additionally, in their lawsuit they argue that Medtronic should be held responsible since it failed to warn them about the serious risks associated with the use of this device in the neck region, and that Medtronic is encouraging the off-label use against FDA approval.

Cervical spine procedures are a common surgical method for treating spinal cord injuries. Engineered protein, such as the rhBMP found in the Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft, are frequently used to stimulate bone growth and healing, as well as treating ectopic bone growth found regularly in patients treated for spinal cord injuries. Nevertheless, patients who are treated with engineered protein, including rhBMP are often susceptible for developing complications including:

  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • Chronic Pain
  • Respiratory depression
  • Cancer

Due to these alarming reports, dangers and unethical practices associated with the Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft and cervical spinal procedures, Medtronic lawyers are available to represent victims who have been hurt or injured from the product. For more information how these attorneys can help you, you should contact an attorney listed on our website to arrange a consultation.