Medtronic's "Infuse" used for spinal fusions
Read a disturbing article today online in Milwaukee's Journal/Sentinal. Seems there are side effects not being reported by doctors due to high money payouts from Medtronic. I am concerned. I had my lumbar fusion (L5-S1) in March 2010. The article states that the BMP (Bone growth hormone) used with the hardware can cause severe side effects. I had an anterior approach surgery, which is the recommended way to use this system.
I also had a cervical fusion (C4-C7) in December 2004. I am now questioning if this could have been used at this time also. Surgeons were using it as an "off-label" intervention. Though I did not have the severe and immediate reactions at this time, I do have multiple bone spurs within my hardware. The article states that this BMP can cause unwanted bone growth in other areas.
I will be checking with both surgeons to see if I was exposed to the Medtronic "Infuse".