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How is the Medtronic INFUSE Bone Graft Treatment different from other bone grafts?


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Bone grafting is a surgical procedure in which bone or a bone-like material is placed into the spaces around an injured bone to encourage new bone growth. Traditional bone grafts use bone from the patient’s own body. The bone is usually surgically removed from the patient’s hip. Sometimes donated bone is used.

INFUSE Bone Graft Treatment is different. INFUSE is a genetically engineered protein that encourages bone growth. INFUSE is manufactured by Medtronic, Inc. and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of bone loss in the jaw, shin fractures, and degenerative disc disease. IINFUSE is commonly used for off-label purposes, especially spine and neck surgery.

The advantage of using INFUSE is that allows doctors and patients to avoid the painful surgery required to harvest bone from the patient. However, INFUSE is associated with a number of side effects.

Complications associated with INFUSE Bone Graft Treatment

  • Allergic reactions to INFUSE
  • Excessive scarring of the bone
  • Severe or chronic pain
  • Bleeding
  • Breakage of implants
  • Migration or loosening of implants
  • Failure of bone to fuse
  • Fractures
  • Abnormal or excessive bone formation
  • Damage to tissue surrounding the bone
  • Nerve damage
  • Infection at the bone graft site
  • Gastrointestinal complications
  • Bladder or bowel complications
  • Sexual dysfunction in males
  • Male sterility caused by retrograde ejaculation
  • Cancer
  • Paralysis
  • Death

When INFUSE is used for neck surgery, complications may include severe swelling of the neck or of the throat and difficulty with speaking, swallowing, and breathing.

INFUSE continues to be used for both approved and off label purposes.

If you have suffered a serious reaction after surgery with INFUSE bone graft, you may have a Wisconsin INFUSE injury claim. Our Green Bay pharmaceutical injury attorneys can determine if you are eligible for compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. To learn more, contact Hupy and Abraham at 1-800-800-5678 and ask to schedule a free confidential consultation with a Wisconsin INFUSE injury lawyer.

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