Shoulder Pain Pump
What is a Shoulder Pain Pump?
Shoulder pain pumps are used to deliver medication directly to the site of the surgery following arthroscopic shoulder procedures. Research has recently shown that use of a shoulder pain pump can lead to the development of a rare condition which causes progressive destruction of the cartilage in the shoulder joint, and known as chondrolysis.
Chondrolysis is a painful condition with no consistently successful treatment. This condition often results in permanent and incurable shoulder problems. Recent research has discovered a direct link between shoulder cartilage complications and use of intra-articular pain pumps to deliver medication directly to the site of the surgery. The device creates a risk of causing a very serious condition to the patient called Post-Arthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis (PAGCL) which tends to manifest itself between 3 to 12 months following the surgery.
When using a pain shoulder pump a catheter is inserted into the shoulder joint can deliver medication to the site of the surgery for a period of 2-3 days. The disposable pump is inserted prior to the patient being discharged and is removed and discarded when it no longer serves a purpose.
The use of shoulder pain pumps has spiked in popularity. This is due largely to the fact doctors wanted to prescribe patients the shoulder pumps after surgery since they could manually control the pain while avoiding the side effects of various addicting narcotics. Manufacturers of the shoulder pain pump claimed the device was a non-risky way to reduce the amount of pain and speed up recovery time of a surgery, but research now says that the pumps should be avoided, especially those administering bupivacaine with epinephrine. The benefits provided by the pump are vastly outweighed by the potential dangers and risk of permanent shoulder injury.
The shoulder pain pump provides a substantial risk of causing irreversible cartilage damage resulting in the need for shoulder replacement surgery. This surgery is extremely painful and invasive and can lead to life-long pain and the loss of mobility. PAGCL is only known to occur amongst those who have used a shoulder pain pump after arthroscopic surgery.
Shoulder Pain Pump Side Effects
The potential dangers and side effects of using a shoulder pain pump include;
- Increased Shoulder Pain and Stiffness
- Loss of Cartilage
- Decreased Range of Motion
- Loss of Joint Space in the Shoulder Joint
- Clicking, Popping, or Grinding in the shoulder (also known as Crepitus)
- Loss of Strength
Shoulder Pain Pump Litigation
If you believe you or a loved one has been negatively impacted due to use of a shoulder pain pump, you may be entitled to compensation. We urge you to contact a lawyer and explore your legal options.
At Sheff Law, we are the Massachusetts law firm with the resources, experience, and national reputation to investigate injuries resulting from use of shoulder pain pumps. Patients across Massachusetts and America are starting to realize some of the potential harmful consequences of using shoulder pain pumps after arthroscopic shoulder surgery. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a shoulder pain pump, contact an attorney at Sheff Law today by filling out a FREE consultation form, or call at (888) 423-4477 or 617-227-7000.
February 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Blog