Recent studies have shown that shoulder infusion pain pumps may cause some patients to suffer permanent cartilage damage. One study, which was published in the October 2007 issue of The American Journal of Sports Medicine, links the use of high-volume shoulder infusion pain pumps to Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis (PAGCL), a painful condition caused by permanent hyaline cartilage damage.

According to the study, as much as 63 percent of patients who use shoulder infusion pain pumps are at risk of developing PAGCL, which sometimes requires shoulder replacement surgery to treat. Due to the high risk of PAGCL, the study’s authors recommend that patients avoid using shoulder pain pumps, especially those that use bupivacaine with epinephrine, until their effects are further studied.

What are Shoulder Infusion Pain Pumps?

A shoulder infusion pain pump is a medical device implanted into the shoulder during arthroscopic surgery to alleviate post-operative shoulder joint pain. Arthroscopic surgery, sometimes called arthroscopy surgery, is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat a damaged or painful joint, such as a knee, hip, or shoulder. Arthroscopic shoulder surgery can be used to treat a variety of shoulder problems, including:

  • arthritis
  • tendonitis
  • frozen shoulder
  • rotator cuff injuries
  • impingement syndrome
  • labral tears

How Does a Shoulder Infusion Pain Pump Work?

A shoulder infusion pain pump works by infusing pain medication directly into the shoulder through a catheter. Typically, shoulder infusion pain pumps are used for two days after arthroscopic surgery, but shoulder pain pumps can deliver pain medication for up to 5 days. Because shoulder pain pumps are disposable, they are removed and discarded when the pain medication is no longer needed. Many different shoulder pain pumps are available, but the On Q Pump and the Stryker Pain Pump are two of the most popular shoulder pain pump models.

Shoulder Infusion Pain Pump Lawyers

If you or a loved one suffered serious complications after using a shoulder infusion pain pump, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact us today for a free and confidential case review to see if you have a shoulder pain pump lawsuit.  

Published November 17, 2011 by