Jury rules in favor of University of Washington spine surgeon for bone cement trial — 5 things to know

Written by Megan Wood | August 09, 2016 | Print  |

A deceased patient's daughter sued a Seattle-based University of Washington surgeon for allegedly utilizing bone cement that was not FDA-approved during the patient's spine surgery, according to cnsnews.com.

Here are five things to know:


1. The five-week trial culminated in a favorable outcome for the surgeon, with a 10 to two jury vote.


2. The jury found the spine surgeon did not perform below the standard of medical care when he performed the 2007 spine surgery.


3. The spine surgeon used the Norian bone cement. Synthes bought the California-based company Norian, and transformed one of its bone-cement products for spine use.


4. The plaintiff also sued Synthes and four company executives, but the company settled during the trial's fourth week.


5. The patient died on the operating table allegedly due to massive blood clots.


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