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Shoulder pain pumps, which are often utilized after arthroscopic shoulder procedures, have helped many patients recover from surgery without the help of narcotics. Shoulder pain pumps also limit the length of recovery by reducing the frequency of breakthrough pain. However, the benefits of shoulder pain pumps are being overshadowed by the long term shoulder damage caused by the medical device.
Shoulder pain pumps release medication to the site of the surgery through a catheter, which is placed into the shoulder joint. Unfortunately, should pain pumps, including the I-Flow On-Q Pump and the Stryker Pain Pump, have caused permanent damage to shoulder cartilage. Research has shown a link between intra-articular should pain pumps and postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis (PAGCL), a condition that destroys shoulder joint cartilage. Currently, no treatment exists for PAGCL.
PAGCL may take three to 12 months to appear in should pain pump patients. Symptoms of PAGCL include:
- Pain in the shoulder when at rest or in motion
- Shoulder stiffness
- Shoulder weakness
- Clicking, grinding or popping of the shoulder joint
- Reduced range of motion in the shoulder
PAGCL is a very painful condition that may require joint replacement surgery. Unfortunately, this procedure may not fully improve symptoms of PAGCL.
If you or a loved one is suffering from PAGCL after using a shoulder pain pump, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact our shoulder pain pump attorneys today by filling out our free case review form on the right. You may be eligible to recover damages for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.