Did Your Pain Pump Cause Shoulder Cartilage Damage?

The use of shoulder pain pumps to deliver medication following arthroscopic surgery has lead to permanent shoulder cartilage damage. Research has suggested a direct link between the development of postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis (PACGL) and the use of intra-articular shoulder pain pumps. The practice of inserting pain pump catheters into the shoulder joint space began in the year 2000. Chondrolysis is a painful and permanent condition resulting from the disintegration of cartilage covering the bones in the synovial joint. Symptoms from loss of cartilage include the following:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Clicking, popping or grinding of the shoulder
  • Shoulder stiffness or weakness
  • Decreased range of motion

To date, the only treatment of chondrolysis is joint replacement.

Stryker Corporation is the leading manufacturer. Other manufacturers include I-Flow Corporation, Bregg, and DonJoy.

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