NuVasive MAGEC System Injury Lawyers
In many ways, technology has made our lives better and has helped us fight back against pain and disease. It has changed how we address medical problems and can dramatically improve our quality of life. However, when new technology hits the market and causes more problems than solutions, the company responsible must be held accountable for their failure to protect the public.
People suffering from the pain and disfiguration of scoliosis are already in a vulnerable position. When the NuVasive MAGEC System was approved for use, it was hailed as a safer option for scoliosis patients, especially young children, because it could decrease the frequency of surgeries. Unfortunately, a flaw in the device has left patients dealing with the impact of new and significant medical problems.
At DeMayo Law Offices, LLP, we believe that the public has a right to safe and effective medical devices. When a company invests and promotes a product that fails and causes serious injuries and health hazards, they need to be held accountable for their actions. If you or a loved one has had a NuVasive MAGEC System device implanted and has health complications, you may have a claim against the NuVasive.
For more information, contact the team at DeMayo Law Offices, LLP to discuss your potential case and legal options for recovering compensation. The consultation is free, and you have nothing to lose. Call us today at (877) 333-1000 to schedule your consultation.
Scoliosis and How the NuVasive MAGEC System Works
Scoliosis is a medical condition that impacts the spine. It causes a sideways curvature of the spine and is most prominent in children, especially when undergoing growth spurts before puberty; this is also referred to as early-onset scoliosis or EOS. The condition can lead to a curved spine, uneven shoulders, uneven waist, uneven hips, pain, discomfort, and muscle fatigue. If left untreated, scoliosis will only continue to progress, causing severe deformities as it twists and rotates the spine.
The standard treatment options for scoliosis have been the use of torso braces to stop the curve from progressing in mild cases to spinal fusion surgery, which uses hardware to hold vertebrae in place until they grow together, and spine and rib surgeries where rods are attached to the spine itself. Over time the length of these rods is adjusted to accommodate growth.
The NuVasive MAGEC System was meant to be an innovative new way to treat scoliosis and decrease the frequency of invasive surgeries, especially in children and young people. The system is implanted along a patient’s spine. A magnetically controlled rod could then be lengthened in a doctor’s office during follow-up visits. Traditionally, the lengthening of the rod would have to take place surgically. NuVasive MAGEC System was designed to eliminate those subsequent lengthening surgeries.
NuVasive MAGEC System Recall
Unfortunately, on February 13th, 2020, NuVasive issued a voluntary recall of their product. The company cited that the actuator end cap of the magnetically controlled rod device could separate from the lengthening apparatus. When the end cap is dislodged, it can lead to serious health consequences for patients. According to health publications, surgeons who had implanted the device were advised to conduct clinical follow-ups on their patients to screen for potential problems.
Other medical studies conducted on the device found that pins had fractured in some of the devices. In almost all of the removed devices that were studied, there was evidence of corrosion along with the internal mechanisms and metal wear and degradation on the surface of the device. Other problems reported included wear on the bars near the magnet end, O-ring seal failure, and other pin fractures. Because the NuVasive MAGEC System employed a more complex system, one study cited that it was more likely to succumb to systematic failures.
Potential Side Effects of a Defective Device
The main initial concern for patients experiencing a cap separation was the device’s internal threads becoming exposed to body fluids. This exposure could lead to metal debris infiltrating other parts of the body or metallosis or metal poisoning of the blood. Metallosis can be extremely dangerous and result in the death of surrounding tissues and bone. It can also seriously impact the brain, heart, eyes, and other internal organs. Side effects of a defective device may also include:
- Tissue or bone damage
- Necrosis or tissue death
- Skin discoloration
- Implant failure
- Unplanned revision surgeries
These side effects could cause permanent scarring and serious health implications. A product once touted as a safe alternative to multiple surgeries is now being blamed for causing undue harm to patients, especially children. The harm caused by this device may have lasting physical and psychological consequences for patients and their families.
How DeMayo Law Offices, LLP Can Help You
The worst pain a parent can experience is watching their child suffer. Should a major medical company get away with causing you or your family undue pain, stress, and anxiety? Not to mention the medical bills that can accumulate from follow-up or corrective surgeries and medical treatments to combat the devastating side effects this device can cause? At DeMayo Law Offices, LLP, we want to help you and your family hold NuVasive accountable for the damage they have caused and get you the compensation you deserve. All patients deserve to have faith that the medical devices they rely on are safe; when that trust is violated, companies must be held responsible for their failures.
If you or someone you love is suffering from complications from a NuVasive MAGEC System, you may be entitled to financial compensation. At DeMayo Law Offices, LLP, we have the skills and the resources to take on NuVasive and fight for your rights aggressively. For more information about your potential claim, contact the legal team at DeMayo Law Offices, LLP. We offer a free initial consultation, to schedule yours call our office at (877) 333-1000 today.
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