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A New Study Links High Volume Pain Pumps with the Devastating and Painful Loss of Cartilage Following Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
Date:10/1/2007

The otherwise unexplainable loss of cartilage in the shoulder may lead to

lifelong pain and suffering for thousands nationwide

MONTGOMERY, Ala., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of individuals across the country use high volume pain pumps to cope with the pain that often follows shoulder surgery. Now a new study suggests that the pumps may deliver too much medicine causing a loss of cartilage that can lead to lifelong pain and suffering.

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"All of a sudden we started seeing these patients come in with this mysterious and rare condition," says Dr. Charles Beck, an orthopedic surgeon and senior author of the study. "So, we decided to look back and see what they all had in common and what had changed. That's when we started looking closer at the pain pump and found that 63 percent of the patients who used one after surgery had all developed this horrible complication. Of course we stopped using them right away, but we felt obligated to do everything we could to help spread the word throughout the medical community."

The article, published this week in the October 2007 issue of The American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM), demonstrates a strong association between the intra-articular use of high volume pain pumps following arthroscopic shoulder surgery and an otherwise unexplainable loss of hyaline cartilage in the shoulder joint. The complication, known as Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis (PAGCL), is permanent and can lead to extreme pain and lifelong suffering. The authors call on their fellow physicians to stop using pain pumps in the shoulder joint immediately.

Numerous lawsuits are pending against the companies that manufacture, market or distribute the pain pumps, including Stryker, DJO Inc., I-Flow Inc., BREG Inc. and others. Included among the many claims in the laws
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SOURCE Beasley Allen
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