The new magnetically controlled growing rods utilized by NuVasive MAGEC have become a popular option in the treatment of early onset scoliosis. However, an increasing number of injuries have reportedly been caused by the system. A new study recently conducted in the United Kingdom (UK) and published in the journal called the Spine, brought to light alarming data indicating the rods may pose serious risks. One of the most alarming tends revealed in the study was the high rate of wear and breakdown of the rods themselves. Many of the study participants were found to have large amounts of titanium debris in the tissue surrounding the rods, which can lead to metallosis. These issues were attributed to failure of the rods and thought to be the cause of the many injuries reported. As more information becomes available, it is thought that NuVasive MAGEC lawsuits will be filed.
What are NuVasive MAGEC Magnetic Rods?
The NuVasive MAGEC system is comprised of two titanium rods that are controlled magnetically by an external remote control. The rods are surgically placed alongside the spine, and help to ensure the spine grows straight with time. They are then monitored and periodically lengthened with the use of the magnetic remote control as the child grows, thus decreasing the need for routine surgery to adjust the rods. This innovation has made the NuVasive MAGEC system an incredibly popular treatment choice for scoliosis in young children. However, there have been recent reports of an increasing number of injuries associated with the magnetic growing rods.
What Types of Injuries are Being Reported?
Many patients who have been treated with the rods have experienced severe pain when the rods are adjusted, failure of the rods to move, and even breaking of the rods. Another serious side effect being reported is metallosis. This condition occurs when metal fragments are absorbed into tissue or the blood stream and can cause serious damage to surrounding muscles and other organs in the body. Based on the new data, it appears that the magnetic rods have a tendency to leave behind large amounts of titanium debris, which can cause this condition. Researchers stress that more data is required to assess the safety of the NuVasive MAGEC system.
Contact an Experienced NuVasive MAGEC Lawyer
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury after being treated with the NuVasive MAGEC system, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses. Our law firm is currently working with experienced NuVasive MAGEC lawyers across the country who are handling these cases and charge no legal fees unless you receive a settlement or award. Contact us toll free anytime at 1-800-992-6878, or fill out a contact form online for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.