Pain pumps are a method of drug delivery that allows direct delivery of anesthesia to the spinal nerves, joints, or area of inflammation. The pain pump system contains both a pump and a catheter, both of which are subcutaneously implanted in the patient’s soft tissue around the abdomen or affected joint.
However, the pain pumps have caused serious non-repairable damage to shoulders to many patients. If you or a loved one is using a pain pump, read on for facts about the product and the litigation surrounding it.
Facts about Pain Pumps:
- Shoulder pain pumps have been particularly problematic in those patients who have received high doses of lidocaine to the shoulder joint for post-operative pain relief. The pain pumps are disposable pumps that deliver controlled doses of anesthetics to a surgical site for up to three days after surgery. The condition is known as postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis, or PAGCL, and is characterized by a degeneration of the cartilage surrounding the joint. There are no known treatments to remedy this condition aside from shoulder replacement surgery.
- More than 500 lawsuits are pending against the companies that manufacture, market or distribute the pain pumps, including Stryker, DJO Inc., I-Flow Inc., BREG Inc. and others.
- Recent studies and an FDA alert have identified pain pumps as a likely cause of joint pain and severe cartilage damage, primarily in the shoulder but possibly in other joints as well.
- By early August 2009, more than 300 personal injury lawsuits had been filed across the country in federal and state courts by patients with shoulder chondrolysis following the use of intra-articular pain pumps.
If you have used a pain pump and are suffering from severe shoulder pain or loss of strength and flexibility in the shoulder where the pump was used or have been diagnosed with chondrolysis or required a shoulder replacement procedure, find out how Johnson//Becker PLLC can help you. Fill out our case review form here on our website and submit it for a free consultation.