In our prior post we talked about a lawsuit that is currently pending against the national medical device manufacturer Medtronic. Specifically, the lawsuit claims that the company presented biased data in order to obtain FDA approval for a bone graft product called Medtronic Infuse and that both approved and unapproved uses of the product are causing some very serious complications.
To truly understand the severity of this issue, we'll share some personal stories of patients who became victims of the symptoms. These symptoms included chronic back and leg pain, sterility, trouble swallowing, cancer and even death.
Medtronic bone graft surgery was meant to correct one woman's injuries, but instead the surgery left her with serious pain that couldn't be calmed with some of the most effective and addictive pain killers. MRIs and CT Scans showed that the condition of her spine actually deteriorated to what her doctor referred to as "Swiss cheese." After an infection, another expensive spinal surgery and several more rounds of narcotics, her spine finally fused but left her with continuing pain and Arthritis.
Another woman didn't get to even get to try to recover after her surgery. Instead, she went into respiratory arrest shortly after the procedure and never survived. Her family filed a separate wrongful death lawsuit against the company.
Imagine being in the shoes of even one of these patients. What if a doctor told you that you will be able to hold kids, but they would never be your own because of a type of graft used in the surgery? How about having to go through chemo, radiation and more surgeries because a company wanted to make profits a little faster than proper research allowed? What if you have to tell your daughter that dad won't be able to walk her down the aisle or that he won't be there for the wedding at all?
Source: Lawyers and Settlements, "Medtronic Infuse Causes Litany of Complications," Jane Mundy, Feb. 11, 2013
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