Gregory & Swapp, Shoulder Pain Pump Attorneys, Now Accepting Cases on Chondrolysis PAGCL Injuries

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Despite a lack of approval from the FDA, manufacturers have continued to instruct surgeons to install their pain pumps directly into shoulder joints following surgery. Tragically, this procedure caused a high percentage of patients to develop PAGCL, a condition where the cartilage deteriorates and victims experience significant pain.

PAGCL, Chondrolysis of the Cartilage

Despite a lack of FDA approval for this procedure, pain pump manufacturers continued to instruct surgeons to install pain pumps directly into the shoulder joint.

Gregory & Swapp, PLLC now represents clients whose shoulder joints have been irreparably damaged by pain pumps, announces Managing Partner J. Craig Swapp. The law firm recently introduced a Shoulder Pain Pump Lawsuit website to help inform victims about the symptoms associated with postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis (PAGCL), a degenerative shoulder condition linked to the use of pain pumps.

For many adults suffering from sports-related injuries to the shoulder, painful surgery is often the only course of action. To deal with pain following surgery, medical device manufacturers introduced pain pumps in 1998 to orthopedic surgeons. These new pain pumps were touted as an easy method to bathe the shoulder joint with a high-flow dosage of anesthetics and narcotics. According to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety information release, dated November 13, 2009 (and updated February 16, 2010), the FDA did not approve the procedure to use pain pumps directly with the shoulder joint. (Source: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/DrugSafetyInformationforHeathcareProfessionals/ucm190302.htm)

Despite a lack of FDA approval for this procedure, pain pump manufacturers continued to instruct surgeons to install pain pumps directly into the shoulder joint. Tragically, this pain pump procedure caused a high percentage of shoulder surgery patients to develop PAGCL. With PAGCL, the joint surface cartilage degenerates over a period of months, which causes permanent pain, stiffness, immobility and grinding of the joint. Most victims of PAGCL face a life-time of disability, unless they undergo a shoulder joint replacement (a costly and painful alternative).

Several studies have been conducted that show a direct correlation between PAGCL and the use of pain pumps. One study conducted in 2007 concluded that “63 percent of all patients who used one [pain pump] after surgery had developed this horrible complication [PAGCL].” (“Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis,” American Journal of Sports Medicine, July 3, 2007),

Manufacturers of the pain pumps in question include Stryker Corp. I-Flow Corp., DJO Inc., and Breg Inc.

Gregory & Swapp handles serious personal injury cases, including dangerous medical devices, prescription drugs, wrongful death, vehicle accidents, etc. For more information and to contact a pain pump attorney please visit our website or call 1-800-404-9000.

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