Have You Been Injured Due To A Shoulder Pain Pump?

Pain Pump Medical Malpractice Lawyers Shares Insights For Victims Who Have Suffered Injury In MD, DC and VA.

If you’ve had shoulder surgery and had a pain pump installed there are common complications that have researchers looking into the safety of pain pumps. The most common complications include:

  • Pain in the shoulder, whether resting or in motion
  • A Popping or grinding noise when the shoulder is in use
  • A decreased range of motion
  • Increased shoulder stiffness
  • Loss of strength in the joint

These symptoms following shoulder surgery may be complications of a condition called Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis, or PAGCL. The pain pumps continuously inject the pain medication directly into the joint space, some creating permanent and irreversible damage to the shoulder, called glenohumeral chondrolysis.

The FDA never approved the use of pain pumps, and the manufacturers of the pain pumps encouraged doctors to insert them after surgery, although studies had not determined if pain pumps are safe. PAGCL can lead to irreversible, permanent loss of cartiledge in the joint, with a lifetime of disabling and exruciating pain.

Who are the most commonly affected pain pump manufacturers?

  • Stryker
  • Stryker PainPump 1
  • Stryker PainPump 2
  • Pain Pump Blockaid
  • I-Flow
  • On-Q Painbuster
  • Donjoy
  • Donjoy Pain Control Device
  • Accufuser Plus Pain Pump

A study in 2006 discussed the possibility of a link of pain pumps to PAGCL. The only common factor in that study was the use of pain pumps filled with bupivacaine and epinephrine during their surgery.

Numerous lawsuits are pending against the manufacturers, marketers, and distributors of the pain pumps as the safety had not been established, and the injury is permanent. If you or a family member had shoulder surgery with a pain pump used during or after surgery, please call our pain pump lawyer at Greenberg & Bederman at 301-589-2200 or toll-free 800-800-1144 for a free initial legal consultation, or you may fill out the form below to get started.

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