Scoliosis growing rods are often used as a treatment option for Early Onset Scoliosis (EOS). Growing Rods such as the NuVasive MAGEC System have recently become the subject of litigation as many patients are needing revision surgery to help with complications of the device.
The MAGEC System includes a titanium adjustable growing rod that is surgically implanted and can thereafter be distracted externally. There is a magnet within the rod that allows it to be adjusted by an External Remote Controller (ERC). These noninvasive distractions are meant to be quick and painless.
Recently, there have been many reports of failing MAGEC Systems causing dangerous complications in young patients. These complications include:
- Failure of the rod to lengthen
- Rod fracture
- Drive pin fracture
- O-ring seal failure
- Anchor failure
In many cases, revision surgery is required to address these complications. Unplanned revision surgery presents many hazards to patients.
Surgery increases the risk of exposure to infection as well as the exposure to anesthesia, which, in the case of young children with developing brains, could have long-term adverse effects.
NuVasive touts the MAGEC System as an alternative to constant distraction surgery, but the complications of the device are causing many children to undergo surgery anyway.
As the manufacturer, NuVasive has a responsibility to ensure that its device is safe for patients. As such, it is responsible for any complications that patients were not properly warned about.
If your child had to undergo revision surgery due to a NuVasive scoliosis growing rod, you may be entitled to a settlement. It is essential to contact an experienced defective medical device lawyer in order to start on your claim.
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