A recent study shows that over 63% of of patients who use shoulder pain pumps following arthroscopic surgery develop Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis (PAGCL). PAGCL is a very painful condition that occurs when the cartilage in the shoulder has broken down and bone is touching bone.
Pain pumps do provide relief directly to the surgery site, without the use of oral narcotics. Although, despite the benefits of pain pumps, there are also some risks.
Manufacturers of pain pumps have been aware for several years of the problems that arise when a pain pump is placed directly into the shoulder following arthroscopic surgery. It is thought that the PAGCL is most likely when the pain pump is placed directly into the joint spaces and when the pain pump uses Bupivacaine and Epinepherine.
Many attorneys, including our firm, are handling these cases. Please contact an attorney if you have been affected by a shoulder pain pump.