UNDERSTANDING THE SIDE EFFECTS OF INFUSE BONE GRAFT
The most important thing for people to be aware of who have been treated for neck injuries using Medtronic Bone Infuse is that symptoms are not immediately recognizable. The symptoms of such bone grafting complications which involve Bone Infuse have a wide range of distinguishing signs. The FDA asserts that many problems that can be directly attributed to the use of this product on the cervical spine. Issues that arise from Bone Infuse will generally present themselves within the first 14 days after the surgical procedure; however, there have been cases where symptoms stemming from the use of Bone Infuse remained dormant until after the typical 14 day mark.
The earlier studies done on Medtronic Bone Infuse, as well as the FDA’s review of the product, have illustrated that Bone Infuse can potentially inflame the tissues and bone near the surgical region. It can also cause urinary issues, and has been shown to encourage the growth of cancerous cells. These types of products have been linked to an overall 43 percent complication rate.
Medtronic has presented Bone Infuse Grafts as a more effective way to graft bone as opposed to the conventional bone grafting methods, because it helps to avoid secondary procedures of grafting from the hip. Historically, this type of follow up procedure is linked to major complications. That being said, there have been studies showing that the use of Medtronic Bone Infuse as an alternative, creates risks of serious problems post-surgery which are equal to or greater than the conventional method of grafting from the hip.
As a risky procedure on its own, grafting bone can be extremely terrifying for a person to undergo. When a patient entrusts their surgeon to perform any type of procedure on them, they have expectations that they are in good hands. The reality has been, however, that surgeons who have used Medtronic Bone Infuse for grafting in off-label procedures have left some of their trusting patients with severe complications and side effects. It is important to be able to recognize some of the side effects so that treatment can been immediately administered. Many of these side effects include, but are not limited to:
- Swelling of the Neck
- Trouble Swallowing
- Issues with Breathing
- Problems with Speech or Speaking
- Chronic Radiating Pain throughout areas of the body
- Injury to Nerves
- Sterility / Retrograde Ejaculation
- Uncontrolled Bone Growth
If you or a love one have been a patient of a surgeon who has used Medtronic Bone Infuse, it is imperative that you seek medical treatment for any signs of possible side effects. The complications that result from the off-label use of the product have been as severe as death. Long term side effects of some from complications have not been fully calculated as the product is still relatively new to the market. If you are in the state of Florida, you need to contact the Fort Lauderdale office of Madalon Law today to speak to an injury attorney who can explain to you your options during this most unfortunate time. Legal representation will allow you to recover damages from the injuries you sustained as a result of the off-label use of Medtronic Bone Infuse.