The NuVasive Magec System is a magnetically controlled growing rod system that is used to treat scoliosis and to prevent a condition called Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome, which occurs as a result of the disease. Recent studies have shown, however, that the NuVasive system is one of nine magnetic controlled growing rod systems that have been linked to defects and the need for revisionary surgical procedures. This is all despite the claims by the manufacturer that this product is intended to reduce the likelihood that such procedures would be needed.
What is Scoliosis and How is it Treated?
Scoliosis impacts the alignment of the spine in children as they grow, resulting in a deformed spine that can cause severe complications. When this occurs before the age of ten, it is defined as early-onset scoliosis, and surgery is required to control the progression of spinal deformity and limit the impact of the disease on mobility and growth.
To diagnose this condition, a doctor will perform x-rays to see whether the spine has a curvature of more than ten percent. Roughly one in every thousand people suffers from scoliosis in the United States.
The first surgery is performed on patients between the ages of five and seven and often places a set of growing rods along the spine that can be adjusted over time as they grow. The NuVasive Magec System allows the rods to be adjusted magnetically to reduce the number of surgeries required throughout patients’ development.
Studies have proven, however, that this system does not actually eliminate the need for additional surgeries as it claims to and that there are a number of additional defects and complications associated with the system that are quite serious.
Common Defects and Problems with the NuVasive Magec System
Some of the problems linked to this system include the following.
- Failure of the rods to distract when required. Distraction is the lengthening of the rod. When the rods fail to lengthen, an additional surgical procedure may be necessary to correct the concern.
- Bent or broken rods. This can also force doctors to order additional surgeries to correct problems with the hardware and can impact the effectiveness of treatment.
- The need for additional surgeries to repair disengaged hardware. This is counter to the claims made that the system reduces the need for revision surgery.
- Skin discoloration. While this is cosmetic, it can have a negative impact on self-esteem and worth.
The Spine Journal published a study which revealed that there were numerous unplanned surgeries linked to this system, even though NuVasive Specialized Orthopedics has marketed it as an alternative to other systems on the merit that it would require fewer operations over time. Broken and separated rods can also cause serious injuries to the child, resulting in the need for more surgical intervention.
If your child was injured, you may be entitled to recover compensation for the cost of revision surgeries, medical treatment associated with his or her injuries, out of pocket expenses, pain and suffering and more. In addition to the defects with its product, NuVasive may be liable for marketing a product on claims that were not true and failing to warn consumers about the risks linked to its device.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has helped thousands of clients recover fair compensation after being injured due to a medical device defect. We would like to invite you to schedule a free consultation with one of our award-winning Chicago based medical device attorneys so that you can learn more about your legal rights and options. Since we work on a contingency basis, we promise you that we will not require any payment for our services unless we succeed in recovering compensation on your behalf.