The article, published in the October 2007 issue of The American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM), demonstrates a strong association between the intra-articular (inside the joint space) 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 in 63 percent of the patients that use them. The medical records of numerous other patients suggest the complications may occur following open surgery as well.
"We estimate that this could affect hundreds, if not thousands, of people all across the country," says attorney Ted Meadows of the Montgomery, Alabama.-based law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles. Meadows is spokesperson for a group of firms that have already filed lawsuits against the companies that manufacture, market or distribute the pain pumps. The cases include U.S. District Court (Ore.) cases CV07-1318-HU, CV07-1309-AS and CV 07-1310 AA as well as Multnomah County Circuit Court (Portland, Ore.) case number 0703-02834. Their claims allege that the manufacturers failed to instruct or warn the U.S. medical community that the safety of using the pain pumps in the shoulder joint has not been established, and that the continuous injection of commonly used anesthetics by these devices may cause permanent injury.
To learn more about the devastating complications caused by use of a pain pump following shoulder surgery or how to file your own claim against the manufacturers, please call toll free (800) 898-2034 or visit http://www.painpump.net.
Ted G. Meadows
Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles
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