NuVasive MAGEC System Lawsuits

Children who had the NuVasive MAGEC system implanted for early onset scoliosis (EOS) may qualify for compensation for injuries. NuVasive recalled its MAGEC system after reports of endcaps detaching from implanted rods. Injuries include possible bone abnormalities, back pain and local tissue reactions.

Last Modified: September 5, 2023
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Why Are People Filing Lawsuits Against NuVasive?

Caregivers and parents are filing lawsuits against NuVasive because the endcaps of the MAGEC rods may detach and cause health problems. Plaintiffs are suing NuVasive for compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering and to hold the company accountable for producing a defective product.

NuVasive recalled the MAGEC system in February 2020 after it received reports of a mechanical component failure in which the endcaps were separating from the rods of the device.

In July 2020, the Food and Drug Administration cleared a new version of the MAGEC X rod that was intended to help with the endcap problem, but the agency began receiving reports of tissue reactions potentially related to endcap separation in early 2021.

The FDA raised concerns in a safety communication on July 15, 2021, that internal components exposed by the detached cap may be incompatible with the body. NuVasive is still investigating these potential biocompatibility issues.

As of November 2022, there have been no important developments in this litigation.

MAGEC Rod Complications

Several studies have documented problems with MAGEC devices over the years. Reported complications and MAGEC system side effects range from device failure to inflammatory reactions from metal particles released into the tissues around the implant.

In these studies, complication rates ranged from 18% to 57%. A number of patients had to undergo additional unplanned surgeries to deal with device complications.

One 2019 study published in Asian Spine Journal found magnetically controlled growing rods were effective at treating pediatric scoliosis, but nearly half of the patients still developed complications or required unplanned operations.

Complications reported in studies include:
  • Rod breakage
  • Fixation failure
  • Fractured drive pin
  • Infection
  • Tissue death (necrosis)
  • Metal particles released from wear
  • Screw breakage
  • Spinal deformities
  • Autofusion of the spine

Which MAGEC Devices Have Been Recalled?

NuVasive issued a recall for its MAGEC system in February 2020. The company placed a global shipping hold on the devices in April 2021 because of biocompatibility concerns, and then it removed the hold in July 2021.

Currently, only the MAGEC X rods (MAGEC 2b) that were modified to lessen problems with endcap separation are available to American patients. U.S. labeling on the device now includes information about potential risks.

Devices affected by the recall are:
  • MAGEC Spinal Bracing and Distraction System
  • MAGEC 2 Spinal Bracing and Distraction System
  • MAGEC System
  • MAGEC System Model X device
  • MAGEC System Model X rod
  • MAGEC System Rods

The FDA continues to receive reports of tissue problems related to endcap separation even after the rods were redesigned. However, the agency determined the benefits of the MAGEC device currently outweigh the potential risks of biocompatibility and tissue reactions.

FDA Recommendations
FDA doesn’t recommend removal of functioning MAGEC rods at this time. If the patient suffers from unexpected back pain they should see a doctor. The doctor may need to perform an examination and take X-rays to check on the implant.

Who Qualifies to File a Lawsuit?

Anyone who had a MAGEC device implanted before age 10 and has suffered complications may qualify to file a lawsuit. Make sure to speak to an attorney right away because there is a time limit to file and it’s different in every state.

You may be eligible to file a NuVasive MAGEC rod lawsuit on behalf of your child if they:
  • Received a MAGEC system spine implant
  • Were under the age of 10 when they received the implant
  • Had their device implanted on or after Sept. 1, 2014

If you aren’t sure what kind of spinal implant your child has, an attorney can help you determine if it is a NuVasive MAGEC system implant.

Please seek the advice of a medical professional before making health care decisions.