PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM A BONE GRAFT PROCEDURE NEED TO SEEK LEGAL ADVICE SO THEY UNDERSTAND ALL OF THEIR OPTIONS AND WHAT THEY MAY BE ENTITLED TO
There are many types of crippling injuries out there. Many people would be willing to do whatever it took to eliminate these injuries and the effects they cause on day to day activities. When a person has an injury to a bone or a joint in their body, or they suffer from a diseased bone or joint, bone grafting can be the cure for their pain. Essentially the damaged area of bone can be replaced by pieces of good bone or bone like material.
There are an increasing number of people who are forced to deal with pain stemming from degenerative disease of the spine and additional forms of arthritis. With as many grafting procedures that have been conducted, it has been calculated that more than eighty percent (80%) of them have been done in a procedure known as a spinal fusion. Generally, these spinal fusions are done to help the patient eliminate pain in the back.
Spinal fusions are performed by surgeons on more than four hundred thousand (400,000) patients every single year. The price for such a procedure can vary depending on the doctor, but average costs for these types of surgeries have been estimated at around thirty-six thousand dollars ($36,000.00). The goal of the surgeon performing the procedure is to repair the damaged part of the spine, or the vertebrae, by fusing that area of the spine. Once the fusion is completed, the vertebra forms back to a whole piece of bone. By fusing the bone back to its condition prior to being damaged, the pain that the patient was enduring is generally eliminated because there are no longer nerves in the spine being irritated.
Bone grafts are generally done by removing bone from one part of a patient’s body, most of the time from the hip, or bone which is provided by a done. There are problems that can arise from taking bone from the hip in a grafting procedure. Many times, complications that come from harvesting bone from this sensitive area of the body include, but are not limited to:
- Residual pain in that area
- Surgical infections
- Bone bruising
- Fracturing of the pelvic bone
If a patient were to receive bone which was donated, there are chances that the bone may bring in infections and/or diseases. Additionally, it is extremely difficult for a surgeon to control the quality of bone being used.
With the uncertainties and complications that come along with bone grafting, there have been companies like Medtronic who have created alternatives to this procedure. Ultimately, the alternative that was created was a synthetic generated version of a bone protein that is normally produced in the body. The protein’s role is to help form bone where it needs to be reinforced. Though the synthetic version has shown positive attributes in its use in certain areas of the body, it has also shown terrifying results when used for off-label purposes.
If you have had a bone graft performed on you with the use of Medtronic Bone Infuse, it is extremely important to be evaluated by a physician concerning your well-being. If you are currently suffering pain as a result of Medtronic Bone Infuse being used during your bone graft procedure, contact the trained legal team at Madalon Law to find out how you can be compensated for your injuries.