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


What can I do?

PLEASE NOTE: We are no longer taking cases involving injuries from intra-articular pain pumps. The statute of limitations has expired on all claims at this time. If we are able to help you with any other legal matters, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 800-898-2034 or fill out the contact form on this page.