Stryker, one of the largest medical device companies in the world, has recently been in the news because of significant problems with Stryker pain pumps. Stryker Pain Pumps are medical devices that deliver a local anesthetic, such as lidocaine or bupivacaine, to a surgical site after surgery has been completed.

Stryker Pain Pumps are implanted in patients’ bodies during surgery and work by infusing pain medication directly into the surgical site through a catheter for a few days. Several Stryker pain pump models are available, including:

  • Stryker Pain Pump 1
  • Stryker Pain Pump 2
  • Stryker Auto Fuser Pain Pump
  • Stryker Pain Pump 2 Block Aid

Depending on the model, Stryker pain pumps may deliver pain medication

in single doses, in a controlled flow, or in a combination of both. Stryker pain pumps are for temporary use and should be removed when the pain relieving medication is no longer needed.

Stryker Pain Pumps & Permanent Cartilage Damage

Although Stryker pain pumps are designed to relieve pain, the use of pain pumps has been linked to a painful and permanent condition called post-arthroscopic glenohumeral chrondrolysis, or PAGCL. Specifically, PAGCL has developed in patients who were given a pain pump (whether Stryker or another brand) after arthroscopic shoulder surgery.

With PAGCL, hyaline cartilage in the shoulder joint is destroyed, leaving an individual with a limited range of motion and constant pain. Unfortunately, PAGCL treatments are merely palliative, meaning they merely treat PAGCL symptoms and do not cure the condition. Typically, pain medication and shoulder surgery are the only treatment options for PAGCL.

Pain Pump Studies

In a 2006 study by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, twelve of 152 arthroscopic shoulder surgery patients examined in a three-year period developed PAGCL (in other words, about 8% of the patients studied developed PAGCL). The only factor that these 12 patients had in common was their treatment with a pain pump, such as a Stryker pain pump.

According to another study, which was published in the October 2007 issue of The American Journal of Sports Medicine, as much as 63 percent of patients who use shoulder pain pumps, like Stryker pain pumps, are at risk of developing PAGCL.

Stryker Pain Pump Injury Lawyers

If you or a loved one has suffered chondrolysis, post arthroscopic cartilage loss or other serious side effects or injuries after using a Stryker Pain Pump or any other post-operative pain pump, you can pursue a shoulder pain pump lawsuit and recover compensation for your injuries. Contact us today for a free and confidential case review.

Published November 17, 2011 by