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Shoulder Pain Pumps

REPRESENTING VICTIMS OF UNSAFE SHOULDER PAIN PUMPS

For many patients coming off of shoulder surgery, pain pumps are prescribed to assist with pain management. Pain pumps inject medication directly into an area in the shoulder for several days following surgery. Unfortunately, pain pumps have been shown to worsen a patient’s condition rather than improve it in some cases.

A debilitating condition called postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis, or PAGCL, has been linked the usage of pain pumps in the shoulder following surgery. PAGCL is characterized by deterioration of the cartilage in the shoulder, causing bone to rub against bone, inhibiting range of motion and leading to excruciating pain.

PAGCL symptoms include:

  • Pain and weakness in the shoulder
  • Shoulder stiffness
  • Loss of motion
  • Loss of strength
  • Clicking, popping, and grinding joints

When a person undergoes a surgical procedure and receives medication for their pain, they should not have to worry about experiencing even more pain than they originally had.

FDA WARNS PAIN PUMPS CAN LEAD TO CARTILAGE DAMAGE

In November 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a warning for healthcare professionals regarding the link between pain pumps and chrondolysis. The warning was spurred by an FDA review of 35 reports of chrondolysis in pain pump patients. In these cases, local anesthetics were infused over a 48 to 72 hour period of time directly into the intra-articular space (or placed directly into the joint space) using a pump.

Within 8.5 months of the pain pump treatment, according to the FDA, chrondolysis was diagnosed. In some of the reviewed cases, shoulder stiffness, pain, and loss of motion were reported within two months of treatment. Half of the patients required additional surgeries, including joint replacement.

The FDA reminded healthcare professionals that continuous injection of pain medications into the joint space is not an approved method of treatment. In addition to warning healthcare professionals, the FDA required all manufacturers to change the drug label to include the warning regarding this dangerous off-label use.

WHICH COMPANIES MANUFACTURE PAIN PUMPS?

There are many different pain pumps available on the market. The following companies produce pain pumps:

  • AstraZeneca
  • I-Flow On-Q Pump
  • Stryker
  • DePuy, Inc.
  • Donjoy
  • DJO Incorporated
  • Breg, Inc.
  • Medtronic infusion pumps

CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED DEFECTIVE MEDICAL DEVICE LAWYER

If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to a shoulder pain pump, you may be entitled to compensation. When used incorrectly, shoulder pain pumps can cause further pain and may require additional corrective surgeries. Our experienced defective medical device attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your injury claim and take immediate action on your case. Thomas J. Henry has the legal and financial resources necessary to take on the pharmaceutical companies and recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact us for a free case review.

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