Infuse Bone Graft/LT-Cage
 Lumbar Tapered Fusion Device
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Infuse Bone Graft/LT-Cage Lumbar Tapered Fusion Device

The Infuse® Bone Graft/LT-Cage® Lumbar Tapered Fusion Device is designed to aid in the treatment of degenerative disc disease (DDD).

How It Works

The Infuse® Bone Graft/LT-Cage® Lumbar Tapered Fusion Device is designed to aid in the treatment of degenerative disc disease (DDD) in skeletally mature patients at one level from L2-S1. It consists of two parts – the LT-Cage Lumbar Tapered Fusion Device and a bone graft alternative* (Infuse Bone Graft). The LT-Cage Lumbar Tapered Fusion Device component is intended to restore the degenerated disc space to its original height. Two implants are placed side by side.

The Infuse Bone Graft component is used to fill the LT-Cage Lumbar Tapered Fusion Device. The Infuse Bone Graft consists of two parts – a solution containing recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) and an absorbable collagen sponge (ACS). The protein is a manufactured (genetically engineered) version of a natural protein normally found in small quantities in the body.

The purpose of the protein is to stimulate bone formation. During surgery, the protein solution is soaked into the ACS. The ACS acts as a scaffold for the formation of new bone that the protein stimulates. The ACS is a sponge manufactured from Type I collagen, and is designed to resorb over time.

Potential Benefit

A potential advantage of spinal fusion surgery with the Infuse Bone Graft/LT-Cage Lumbar Tapered Fusion Device is that it removes the need to collect iliac crest autograft for use with the LT-Cage Lumbar Tapered Fusion Device, which involves a second or larger incision that may be painful and/or take longer to heal.

Risks

Along with the benefits of this technology, there also may be some potential risks involved with the use of Infuse® Bone Graft/LT-Cage® Lumbar Tapered Fusion Device.

  • There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in human pregnant women.
  • In an experimental rabbit study, the active ingredient in Infuse® Bone Graft, recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2), was shown to elicit antibodies capable of crossing the placenta.
  • Women of childbearing potential should ask their physician about the potential risk to a fetus, as well as about other treatment options.
  • The safety and effectiveness of this device has not been established in nursing mothers.
  • Women of childbearing potential should be advised to not become pregnant for 1 year following treatment with this device.
  • The most common and serious adverse events associated with use of the LT-Cage® Device include intraoperative vascular injuries, neurological injuries, and retrograde ejaculation in men.

Refer to the Indications, Safety and Warnings for additional important risk information.

* BMPs have been tested as an autograft alternative in multiple clinical studies for certain indications in spine, orthopaedic trauma, and dental.1,2,3,4

References

  1. Burkus, et al. Anterior lumbar interbody fusion using rhBMP-2 with tapered interbody cages. J Spinal Disorders. 2002:15(5);337-349.
  2. Boyne PJ, Lilly LC, et al. De novo bone induction by recombinant human morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) in maxillary sinus floor augmentation. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2005:63:1693-1707.
  3. Fiorellini JP, Howell TH, et al. Randomized study evaluating recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 for extraction socket augmentation. J Periodontol. 2005:76(4);605-613.
  4. Friedlaender, et al. Osteogenic protein-1 (bone morphogenetic protein-7) in the treatment of tibial nonunions: A prospective, randomized clinical trial comparing rhOP-1 with fresh bone autograft. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2001:83-A Suppl 1 (Pt 2);S151-S158.
Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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