Medtronic's Infuse, a popular treatment choice among spinal surgeons, may pose serious health risks that have been under-reported by Medtronic-funded researchers. Patients who have suffered the consequences of the medical community's irresponsible actions should contact a Kentucky medical malpractice lawyer about filing an Infuse claim for a Medtronic lawsuit.
Infuse Complications and Side Effects
Reports indicate that Infuse causes serious side effects and that in manufacturer-funded trials, none of these complications were divulged.
Some of the side effects of Infuse include:
- male sterility;
- breathing difficulties;
- ectopic bone formation;
- cyst formation;
- swallowing difficulties; and
Patients deserve to have legitimate facts and side effect information before making treatment decisions. Because Medtronic failed to disclose these side effects, many people are suffering these devastating consequences.
Medtronic Off-Label Usage
Infuse has been FDA-approved for surgeries in the lower region of the spine. However, numerous cases of off-label use have been reported, mainly in surgeries in the upper neck region.
Unfortunately, about 85 percent of Infuse use is off-label, and many people experience dangerous side effects as a result. The FDA received numerous reports of complications due to using Infuse in cervical spine fusions.
The unapproved Infuse bone grafts on the cervical spine can cause serious health risks, including swelling in the neck area. And these side effects, which generally manifest within two weeks of the surgery, often lead to difficulty breathing, swallowing and speaking.
Many of the cervical spine patients required emergency treatment, including:
- feeding tubes;
- anti-inflammatory medications; and
- additional surgeries.
It's the patients who have suffered the most due to Medtronic's lack of transparency and muddled financial relationships. Several people around the country have filed Medtronic lawsuits, and more investigations are pending.
Irresponsible medical companies and practitioners should be held liable for their actions, especially when they knowingly put their patients at risk unnecessarily. If you've experienced Infuse side effects, you can file an Infuse claim with a Kentucky medical malpractice lawyer to recover financial compensation.
Contacting a Kentucky Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Medtronic may have withheld vital health complication information from the public causing thousands of patients to suffer as a result. A Kentucky medical malpractice lawyer at Gray and White Law can help you handle every aspect of your Infuse Medtronic claim. If you've been injured in Kentucky, contact us today for a free evaluation of your case - 1-888-450-4456 or 1-502-210- 8942.