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Study Author Urges Peers to Stop Using Pain Pumps in the Shoulder Joint as Seasonal Surge in Use Approaches
Date:10/11/2007

Beasley Allen investigating claims that pain pumps used in the shoulder

joint may cause life-long pain and suffering

MONTGOMERY, Ala., Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Charles Beck, a well-respected orthopedic surgeon this week issued a warning that a commonly used device designed to reduce pain after surgery is potentially dangerous when used in the shoulder joint space. The devices, manufactured by Stryker Corporation (NYSE: SYK), I-Flow Inc. (Nasdaq: IFLO) and others deliver high concentrations of pain medication directly to a surgical site, but according to a recently published article co-authored by Dr. Beck, they can cause permanent and debilitating damage to the shoulder.

"These devices have been used on thousands of patients nationwide, and based on our findings, hundreds appear to be at risk for this complication which results in severe pain, debilitating stiffness and eventual joint replacement surgery for many of those affected," says Dr. Charles Beck, an orthopedic surgeon and senior author of the study. "We sent the results of our study to the manufacturers more than two years ago, but their response has so far been minimal to non-existent. It is time to get the word out and stop these devices from ruining any more lives."

Manufacturers report that the number of orthopedic surgeries rise in the fourth quarter of each year tied to increased sports activity, particularly football and skiing. Patients also tend to defer elective surgeries
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SOURCE Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles
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