Nuvasive XLIF Lawsuits

If you have undergone lateral fusion lumbar surgery and the Nuvasive XLIF was used as a part of the procedure…read on to see if you qualify to claim compensation for injuries and/or complications that may have resulted from the surgery.

Who is NuVasive?

NuVasive is one of the primary medical device companies that are focused on developing products for minimally disruptive surgical procedures for the spine. The devices offered by NuVasive are based on a four-category platform, known as Maximum Access Surgery Platform (MAS). The platform is a combination of various products that when collectively used are designed to minimize the disruption of soft tissue during spine surgery. Another approach by NuVasive is known as the “lateral lumbar interbody fusion” or the “Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion” (XLIF).

About the XLIF Procedure

The lateral lumbar inter-body fusion (XLIF) is designed to be a minimally invasive surgical procedure. The procedure is typically used to treat pain in the back and/or leg that is typically associated with degenerative disc disease (DDD). In an attempt to avoid the primary back muscles, the procedure is performed through the patients side. The disc located in the front of the spine is removed and an implant replacement is inserted in its place. The implant contains a bone graft that is meant to fuse together two vertebrae through the disc space.

XLIF Risks and Complications

Like any other surgical procedure, the XLIF procedure has potential risks and complications associated with it. One particular risk though to be associated with the XLIF procedure is possible damage to the lumbar plexus. This is particularly risky when trying to approach lower lumbar segments, the L4 and the L5. The retractor used during the procedure for the XLIF puts pressure on the nerves that run through the iliopsoas, which may increase the risk of neural comprise for muscle retraction. The damages can range from continuous pain in the thigh area to permanent damage, such as weakness in the quadriceps. Other complications and risks may include:

Muscle weakness in the area associated with the fusion
Failure to fuse (pseudoarthrosis)
Chronic thigh pain and weakness,
Difficulty bending leg at the knee,
Difficulty climbing stairs,
Persistent pain at the bone graft harvest site
Stroke
Vascular injury
Persistent and continued pain following surgery
Further progression of an existing disease of the spine
Neurological injury, such as spinal cord or nerve damage

FDA Reports

Nuvasive has been selling a number of products that may not approved by the FDA for their particular use. The FDA Maude report states that the many of the Nuvasive surgical devices, such as the XLIF, cannot be taken apart for sterilization. The inability to disassemble the equipment and tools for cleaning and sterilization may pose a higher risk of infection.

Legal Help for Victims of the XLIF Surgical Procedure

It is important to know that you are not alone in your suffering. Many others, just like you, may be living with the side s effects and complications that may have occurred as a result of undergoing an XLIF surgical procedure. You may be eligible to file a claim for compensation if you have undergone the XLIF surgical procedure and are experiencing pain, muscle weakness or other symptoms as a result of the procedure.

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  1. elizabeth says:

    I hate to hear the pain that you are in. However, a vertebral fraxture (or implant subsidence) can occur with any type of interbody fusion procedure. Hope you are doing better!

  2. When the XLIF surgery was proposed to me, I was in such pain that I begged them to do it. I had already had a two level TLIF, so I thought I knew what I was getting into. Of course my surgeon did an outstanding job, but the equipment failed. The stabilizer placed on the spiny process put so much pressure on my bones that it fractured my back. Almost three years later and I am in constant pain with little to no relief from conservative means to include high dose meds. I’ve had to retire from work, told my doc I don’t want to live on narcotics and live with the pain. It’s turned my life upside down and of course the fracture still hasn’t healed. I have no quantity of life, and am a shell of who I once was. Even my Dr. Has told me to seek help in filing a case. I don’t need the money if any comes out of it, I just don’t want anyone else to have to live with pain like I do.

    • WOW, Melissa ! Thank you for the warning and am so sorry to hear this outcome for you. I didn’t realize that the devise could cause a fracture, but that makes total scene. Would you suggest traditional fusion over this? As you well know, when one needs fusion one has to decide on a route. I’m a shell of what I once was because of living with this pain and have to try something.

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