By the end of 2008, more than 75 shoulder pain pump lawsuits had been filed in various courts throughout the country against the manufacturers of infusion pain pumps and various anesthetic drugs. Additional shoulder pain pump lawsuits continue to be filed in 2009. Shoulder pain pump manufacturers named in the product liability lawsuits include Stryker, I-Flow, Donjoy and Breg.

The shoulder pain pump lawsuits allege that shoulder pain pumps cause a painful and debilitating condition called chondrolysis. The shoulder pain pump Chondrolysis lawsuits also claim that the FDA never approved the direct delivery procedure, which consists of injecting painkillers directly into a patient’s shoulder joint. In fact, they allege that, although the FDA specifically turned down requests from manufacturers to promote direct delivery, manufacturers and drug companies have been promoting that delivery system to doctors. As a result, the lawsuits allege that hundreds

of patients have developed chondrolysis.

Pain Pump Chondrolysis Study

A 2007 study linked shoulder pain pumps to a specific type of chondrolysis called Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis, or PAGCL.  This painful condition is caused by the deterioration of cartilage around the shoulder area. Patients with PAGCL experience a decreased range of motion, shoulder stiffness/weakness, severe shoulder pain, a narrowing of the joint space in the shoulder area and Crepitus, which is a clicking, popping or grinding of the shoulder.

The shoulder pain pump chondrolysis study, which was published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine, found that up to 63% of patients who use shoulder pain pumps are at risk of developing PAGCL, which sometimes requires shoulder replacement surgery to treat. Because the risk of developing chondrolysis with shoulder pain pumps is so high, the study’s authors recommended that patients avoid using shoulder pain pumps, especially those that use bupivacaine with epinephrine, until their effects are further studied.

Pain Pump Chondrolysis Lawyers

If you or a loved one used a shoulder pain pump after arthroscopic surgery and experienced a serious complication, such as shoulder chondrolysis, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Contact our qualified shoulder pain pump chondrolysis lawyers today for a free and confidential case evaluation

Published November 17, 2011 by