Pain Pumps and Cartilage Damage

The pain pump is designed to deliver medication directly to the surgical wound site or in close proximity to the nerves associated with the surgical area for post-operative pain management. The pain pump infuses the medication at an hourly flow rate or combination of an hourly flow rate and controlled bolus doses.

A recent study published by The American Journal of Sports Medicine identified intra-articular pain pumps (aka post-operative pain pumps) as the likely cause of a condition known as chondrolysis.

Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis (PAGCL) is a specific type of chondrolysis that is associated with pain pumps and shoulder surgery.

Anyone who has used a pain pump to regulate pain following shoulder, knee, hip, ankle or back surgery should consult their doctor if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • continued pain
  • weakness in the shoulder
  • clicking, popping or grinding in the shoulder
  • decreased range of motion in the shoulder


Free legal consultation

If you or a loved one have been injured by an intra-articular pain pump, if you have been diagnosed with chondrolysis or PAGCL, or if you are experiencing the symptoms associated with chondrolysis or PAGCL, you may have a claim against the manufacturers of these pain pumps.

Please contact us today by filling out the brief questionnaire, or by calling our toll free number (1-800-898-2034) for a free, no-cost no-obligation evaluation of your case.