Gilles Norotte was the former surgeon at the Southern Alps intercommunal hospital centre (Chicas). He was released by Gap's judicial court. After he used the disc cementoplasty technique on 126 patients between 2015 and 2017, Gilles Norotte was charged with "biomedical research not authorization" and "without consent". The hearing lasted three days at the Gap courthouse, from 23 to March 25. Former colleagues, patients and leaders in spine surgery came to the bar.
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According to Gap Florent Crouhy, the technique, which was described by the surgeon as "an injection in cement into the intervertebral disk", should have been reported. The surgeon was fined EUR10,000, with half of it being suspended. The prosecutor said that the symbolic sentence meant that the surgeon was "perhaps illegally wrong, but medically correct".
Me Alexis Chabert (Gilles Norotte's lawyer) had asked for Gilles Norotte to be released. This would have removed any "innovative” character of disc cementoplasty. Therefore, it did not require the specific modalities for any biomedical research.
For the offenses of "biomedical Research without Authorization" and "without Consent", you can be sentenced to one, three and four years respectively. You also get 15,000 and 45,000 EUR fines.
Gilles Norotte's reaction when he left the Gap court