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Infuse Bone Graft Stories
The stories posted below are actual emails received by our office. The names and locations have been changed to protect the identities of the victims. In particular, these prospective clients are asking for legal help following complications they felt arose by the use of the InFuse Bone Graft during spinal fusion surgeries.
Specifically, the manufacturer has been accused of encouraging physicians to use the device in cervical spine procedures, even though it was never approved for such use by the FDA. Investigations and lawsuits filed by various InFuse Bone Graft Lawyers assert that this type of off-label use has resulted in severe medical complications for those patients who never knew they were being put at such risk.
From Peggy, age 33
Peggy had spinal surgery with the InFuse Bone Graft device in 2008 and still has lingering problems. Peggy writes:
After my surgery (April 2008), I have had and still have mid back pain; stabbing, sharp, burning pain like I am being stabbed with a knife in my mid back. I have radiating pain consistent down my left arm and numbness in my left fingers. At times I have burning neck pain the radiates in my shoulders. I have been seen in the past two years for lower left back pain which I have been told is sciatica and/or muscular. Pain radiates down my left leg. I have also been told by Dr.'s, after several MRI's, that the pain I am experiencing in my mid back is due to nerve damage.
I tried going back to work for 6 months after the surgery, but had to resign due to the constant, extreme pain. I have been on SS disability since. I have tried physical therapy, chiropractic/accupuncture therapy which did not help as well as seeing several Dr.'s to get an answer as to why I am in pain. My surgery record shows that the "operation performed is 1. C5-6, C6-7 anterior cervical segmental spinal effusion with segmental cervical plate instrumentation, fixation and stabalization; 2. C5-6,C6-7 anterior cervical antibody fusion with allograft bone graft interbody strut spacer; 3. (same C's) anterior cervical diskectomy and decompression; 4. (same C's) anterior cervical decomressive foraminotomy in right side and left side". [The doctor] who performed the surgery said I would be 100% back to normal and back to work in one week and offered one options ( traction but said it would not work). So I trusted his professional opinion and went ahead with surgery, now regretting all of it since I am in worse condition, pain than before the surgery. Thank you for your time and I am hoping you can help me.
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From Janice, age 56
Janice's life has changed completely since her surgery, and like many others that have been implanted with the InFuse Bone Graft, she was left unable to communicate and came close to death.
I had a major neurosurgery in 2001 (14 hours) to allow me to move. My cervical spine was totally replaced because the bone was pressing on my spinal cord at C2-7 and I would have died or become a quadriplegic. I was told that the front of my neck used cadaver bone and my own hip bone was used in the back. About 2 years post surgery, all symptoms returned.
I then had another neurosurgery at Mayo clinic in 2010 to resolve the same problem; this time I was told that they were using a new bone material to "fix" my neck. Two days post surgery I developed ARDS and almost died. I was in a coma for several days and had to have a trach and feeding tube, etc. I was inpatient (hospital and inpatient rehab) for 6 months. I am still handicapped. I cannot bend my neck very far, my left arm is basically useless and my gait is clearly spastic. Further, the neurosurgeon and the rehab center I spent the most time in did not communicate and I was never fitted with the chest/neck brace I should have been place in after surgery. My life is painful, complicated, and expensive since I must have live-in help.
What Can You Do?
If you or a loved one has suffered from off-label use of the Infuse Bone Graft device, it is important to seek legal advice as quickly as possible. Our legal professionals are ready to answer your questions and help you know whether you may have a claim against the makers of the InFuse Bone Graft device for your medical complications. Contact us online, or call 1-800-Bad-Drug today.
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