Shoulder Pain Pumps
Serious Complications, Pain from Shoulder Pumps
Shoulder pain pumps have seen a spike in serious complications. Improper use can cause a serious condition known as chondrolysis, which destroys cartilage in the shoulder. The FDA has warned that shoulder pain pumps should not be used continuously for post-operative pain treatment, especially when treating the shoulder joint itself. When used in this unapproved manner, more than half of patients treated develop serious injuries requiring further surgeries.
If you or a loved one used a shoulder pain pump and are experiencing shoulder stiffness, severe pain, or required additional surgery after receiving a shoulder pain pump, you should contact an attorney immediately.
ABOUT THE SHOULDER PAIN PUMPS
- These pumps are also known as elastomeric infusion devices.
- The pumps are designed to deliver medication to a patient after shoulder surgery.
- A catheter is placed in the patient’s shoulder joint and medication is pumped into the catheter.
- They are used to control post-surgical pain.
- They are only approved by the FDA for single injections, not continuous delivery of pain medication.
- Drugs typically involved are bupivacaine, chlorprocaine, lidocaine, mepivacaine, procaine, and ropivacaine.
- The FDA issued a warning to healthcare providers in 2009.
- Chondrolysis is necrosis and destruction of cartilage tissue.
- Symptoms and cartilage destruction can develop months after use of the pump. According to the FDA, it is diagnosed within 8.5 months of use.
- In more than half of reported cases to the FDA, patients required additional surgery, including joint replacement.
SYMPTOMS OF CHONDROLYSIS
Symptoms that can indicate destruction of shoulder cartilage include:
- Shoulder pain
- Loss of motion
- Loss of strength
- Clicking, popping, and grinding joints
MANUFACTURERS OF SHOULDER PAIN PUMPS
Manufacturers of these improperly used pumps include:
- I-Flow On-Q Pump
- DePuy, Inc.
- DJO Incorporated
- Breg, Inc.
- Medtronic infusion pumps