Pain Pumps Can Cause Cartilage Damage

Pain Pumps were developed and marketed as a way to speed up recovery following surgery for post-operative pain management.  Recent studies have shown that intra-articular pain pumps can cause catastrophic cartilage damage.

Pain pumps deliver anesthetic directly into a patient’s joint following orthopedic surgery.  Pain management pumps are used to control pain without the side effects of narcotics.  They also control breakthrough pain and result in less recovery time post-surgery.  However, research now indicates that shoulder pain pumps should be avoided following arthroscopic surgery because any benefits are greatly outweighed by the risk of permanent damage.

Pain pumps may also deliver a dangerous side effect:  degeneration of cartilage, a condition known as chondrolysis.  Chondrolysis is irreversible, disabling and painful.  The most common adverse effect from pain pumps is chondrolysis of the joint.

If you or a family member have used a pain pump to regulate pain following shoulder, knee, back, hip or ankle surgery, consult your physician if you experience continued pain; weakness in the shoulder; clicking, popping or grinding in the shoulder; loss of strength in the joint; and decreased range of motion in the shoulder.  If a pain pump has caused you or a family member to develop chondrolysis, be sure to follow through with all medical treatment prescribed by your physician. 

If you have been injured by a pain pump, or have been diagnosed with chondrolysis or postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis (PAGCL), you may have a claim against the manufacturers of the pain pump.  PAGCL typically manifests itself 3 to 12 months after surgery. 

One of our experienced attorneys would be pleased to assist you in seeking legal remedies.  Please complete the short form below or call us at 1-800-642-5297 for a free, confidential consultation at a time convenient for you.

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