Recently we blogged about shoulder pain pumps and the damage they can cause
in patients. Specifically, these pain pumps used on shoulders following
arthroscopic surgery can cause chondrolysis, a condition marked by cartilage
damage and severe pain in the shoulder joint. Sufferers of chondrolysis
generally must rely on pain medication or shoulder joint replacement surgery
to cope with the problem.
The cases of chondrolysis due to shoulder pain pumps have escalated to
the point where there are significant numbers of lawsuits filed against
manufacturers of such pumps. I-Flow Corp., for example, has been named
in some 69 lawsuits for its On-Q PainBuster pump. Other manufacturers
of pain pumps that allegedly cause cartilage damage include Breg, Inc.,
Stryker Corp., Smith & Nephew, Inc., DePuy, Inc., and DJO, Inc.
The first lawsuit dealing with shoulder chondrolysis is scheduled to go
to trial this summer.
If you or someone you know has suffered from increasing, rather than decreasing,
shoulder pain following arthroscopic surgery, think about consulting an attorney.