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Shoulder Pain Pump

A shoulder pain pump is a medical device designed to deliver medication to a patient experiencing shoulder pain after arthroscopic surgery. With a shoulder pain pump, a catheter is placed in the patient's shoulder joint, and medication is infused by the pump through the catheter into the joint for two to three days. Unfortunately, the use of a shoulder pain pump has resulted in permanent cartilage damage and pain to some patients.

Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive way to treat a damaged or painful joint such as a shoulder, hip, or knee. With an arthroscope, an incision less than a centimeter is made, and surgical instruments such as an endoscope can be inserted through the incision. Arthroscopic surgery can be a very beneficial treatment, and it is performed widely in the U.S. for shoulders affected by severe arthritis and other problems.

After a patient's arthroscopic surgery on a shoulder, the significant pain that is often experienced has sometimes been treated with a shoulder pain pump. Two models of the shoulder pain pump are the I-Flow On-Q Pump and the Stryker Pain Pump. The shoulder pain pump is disposable. It's put in place when the patient is discharged after surgery, and it's removed when the pain medication is no longer needed.

Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis (PAGCL)

These pumps have been used after arthroscopic shoulder surgery in many patients in the U.S., and some of these individuals have developed a condition called postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis (PAGCL) that is traced to the use of one of these shoulder pain pumps.

PAGCL causes the destruction of the shoulder joint's cartilage. It develops months after the use of a shoulder pain pump. PAGCL is a very painful condition for which there is no consistently successful treatment. It often leaves a patient with permanent pain in his or her shoulder.

See an Attorney about Pain after Shoulder Pain Pump Use

If you have used a shoulder pain pump and you're experiencing shoulder pain or stiffness, a decreased range of motion, or clicking, popping or grinding of the shoulder, contact an experienced shoulder pain pump attorney in your area now to discuss your circumstances. You may be entitled to money for your pain and suffering.

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