The InFuse Bone Graft and LT Cage is a medical device developed and marketed by Medtronic. The device consists of two components: a manmade, genetically engineered protein that is supposed to promote bone growth, and a cage that is to be implanted in the spine to care and treat for degenerative disc disease. The InFuse medication is also used in some forms of dental and oral surgery.
The synthetic protein used is a recombinant (artificial) human bone morphogenic protien-2 that mimics what is naturally produced in the human body. It is placed in the body by using a sponge made from a cow’s collagen; it is designed to grow bone or new bone as it is absorbed over time.
According to Medtronic’s website, the InFuse Bone Graft is intended to eliminate the need for a surgical process that requires grafting donor bone either from a cadaver or from another portion of the same patient’s body into the spine. Surgeries where a portion of a bone is removed from the same patient and re-grafted are known as harvest surgeries and can cause additional pain, infection, and other complications.
The second component is the LT-Cage, a small cylinder that is threaded and tapered into the disc space and designed to restore the spine to its original height. The Cage can be inserted through an open surgical technique or through a minimally invasive procedure.
Unfortunately, people who have undergone orthopedic surgeries with the InFuse products have experienced a number of serious medical complications, including male sterility, back pain, leg pain, cancer, infection, unwanted unstoppable and irreversible bone growth, and death.
The FDA has received hundreds of adverse incident reports associated with InFuse, particularly in off label use. Currently, our Florida Medtronic claims lawyers are investigating cases on behalf of InFuse victims across the country. It appears from our initial review that Medtronic knowingly failed to disclose many of the significant problems surrounding the use of InFuse–as well as manipulated the data in its premarket testing.
If you or a family member has undergone an orthopedic procedure where Medtronic InFuse was surgically placed, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Please contact Spencer Aronfeld immediately at the offices of Aronfeld Trial Lawyers for a free initial consultation regarding your legal rights.
To read more about this topic, visit our blog: Florida Injury Lawyer Blog – Medtronic’s InFuse