Intra-Articular Shoulder Pain Management Pumps Linked with Injury

A new study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine has linked a number of commonly used intra-articular shoulder pain management pumps with serious cartilage damage. The results were presented at the 2008 meeting of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.

The study incorporated a review of 177 patients who underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery and found a higher incidence of cartilage damage in those who received an intra-articular pain management pump. The pain management pumps are surgically implanted to serve as a delivery system for pain medication following arthroscopic surgery.

Post Arthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis

Post arthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis (PAGCL) is an extremely painful medical condition characterized by postoperative deterioration of cartilage in the shoulder. Intra-articular shoulder pain management pumps deliver controlled doses of medication to the joint following arthroscopic surgery. Ironically, the pump may actually cause significantly more pain than that which it is designed to alleviate.

PAGCL is a debilitating condition because of its effect on the joints. Without cartilage, joints are not protected from friction, causing extreme pain and limited mobility. Currently, there are not a lot of options available for the treatment of cartilage deterioration like that associated with PAGCL.

PAGCL Symptoms

There are a number of common symptoms associated with the development of PAGCL that can be indicative of development of the painful condition. Some of the more common PAGCL symptoms include:

  • Chronic shoulder pain
  • Shoulder weakness
  • Popping, clicking or grinding of the shoulder
  • Shoulder stiffness
  • Limited range of shoulder motion

If you have been implanted with an intra-articular shoulder pain management pump and begin to experience any of the aforementioned symptoms, you may have developed PAGCL. Symptoms typically develop between three and five months after surgery. However, it is not uncommon for symptoms to take as many as 12 months to fully develop.

Intra-Articular Pumps Linked with PAGCL

A number of commonly used intra-articulator shoulder pain management pumps have been linked with the development of PAGCL, including:

  • Stryker PainPump
  • Stryker PainPump Blockaid
  • BREG Pain Care Infusion Pump
  • Donjoy Pain Control Device
  • Donjoy Accufuser Plus Pain Pump
  • I-Flow On-Q PainBuster

Patients who have been treated with one of the aforementioned pumps should consult with their physician immediately to determine the best course of action.

Shoulder Pain Pump Lawsuits

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a defective shoulder pain pump, you may be entitled to receive compensation. Medical device manufacturers are responsible for ensuring the safety and efficacy of their products before marketing them to the public. Failure to adequately measure the effectiveness of a given product or inform physicians and consumers about any potential problems is considered negligent and may be grounds for personal injury litigation.

The Pensacola personal injury attorneys of Aylstock, Witkin Kreis & Overholtz handle national litigation across the United States for victims injured by defective pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Contact AWKO Law today at (844) 794-7402 to get more information about your rights as a shoulder pain pump injury victim.