Tagged Articles

chondrolysis 62 articles

Woman disabled by shoulder pain pump gets another day in court

An Oregon woman who claims she was permanently disabled by a pain pump used following shoulder surgery is being given another stab at suing the company that manufactured the alleged defective device. Christina McClellan underwent two surgeries to repair her shoulder joint, after which she was prescribed painkillers delivered through I-Flow’s Pain Buster pain pump, manufactured by Kimberly-Clark. After her second surgery in 2004, she was diagnosed with chondrolysis, or the loss of cartilage, in her shoulder joint. This caused the ball-and-socket portion of her shoulder to fuse together. She now has no motion in her shoulder joint and doctors say ... Read More

Elderly patients fare well after arthroscopic shoulder surgery

A study conducted by researchers from Rush University Medical Center have debunked the notion that elderly patients shouldn’t have their torn shoulder muscles repaired because of the risk of complications. The new study, to be published in the October issue of Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and related Surgery, says elderly patients can significantly improve their pain and function by having minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to repair their shoulders. “In people over the age of 70, pain is the main issue, and pain relief is a fairly reliable outcome after surgery,” said orthopedic surgeon Dr. Nikhil Verma, who led the ... Read More

FDA offers shoulder pain pump safety tips to nurses

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released safety tips for nurses on elastomeric infusion devices, or pain pumps, used during and up to 72 hours after surgery to deliver a continuous amount of local anesthetic directly into the patient’s intra-articular space, or shoulder joint, for postoperative pain control. The FDA has received approximately 35 reports of chondrolysis in patients who received continuous intra-articular infusions with pain pump devices. This type of chondrolysis, called postarthroscopic glenhumeral chondrolysis (PAGCL), occurs when the shoulder cartilage is worn away, causing bone to rub against bone. It is a severe, life-altering complication that is ... Read More

Pain pumps cause problems for shoulder surgery patients

Pain pumps are getting a bad rap lately, thanks to the emergence of chondrolysis, a debilitating condition that was once unheard of in the shoulder joint but is now affecting hundreds who have undergone shoulder surgery. But Pearland, Texas, Dr. Leo Lapuerta says the devices are not banned for all medical procedures and that they are particularly beneficial for plastic surgeries. Pain pumps, also known as infusion pumps, are devices that feed a steady flow of anesthetic into the surgical space following surgery. The devices fell under strict review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after numerous reports of ... Read More

Pain pumps likely cause of shoulder chondrolysis

Postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis, or chondrolysis of the shoulder, was once unheard of, but surgeons are beginning to see the debilitating condition affect more and more patients who have previously had shoulder surgery, according to Ortho Super Site. Chondrolysis occurs when the cartilage in the shoulder wears away causing bone to rub against bone. Symptoms of chondrolysis often present between three and 12 months after shoulder surgery and begin as a deep ache that progresses to severe pain and loss of motion. While the cause of chondrolysis is still up for debate, one likely culprit is the use of intra-articular pain ... Read More

What is Chondrolysis of the shoulder?

Much has been reported lately about chondrolysis of the shoulder, or Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis (PAGCL). So what is chondrolysis and why is it getting so much face time? Chondrolysis is the destruction of the cartilage in a joint. It is generally a rare condition anywhere in the body, but it has been most often heard of in hip joints most often from birth defects. Before the 1990s, chondrolysis in the shoulder was never seen. But beginning in the 1990s, orthopedic surgeons began seeing more and more patients who were complaining of limited range of mobility, pain and stiffness in their ... Read More

Studies link shoulder chondrolysis to pain pump devices

Patients who used pain pump devices to relieve pain from shoulder surgery are at risk for permanent joint damage, according to recent studies. Pain pumps are balloon-like devices that are filled with anesthetics that deliver medication directly into the surgical space via a catheter. The medication is slowly released into the joint space for up to 72 hours following surgery and then the catheter is removed by the patient. While this use of pain pumps was a convenient way to relieve pain from surgery, it also resulted in a surprisingly high number of cases of a painful and debilitating deterioration of cartilage ... Read More

Zaun to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery

Gregg Zaun will have shoulder surgery next week, which will end the season early for the Milwaukee Brewers catcher. It may also mark the end of his career. “I’m not in a situation anymore where I need to play. I don’t need to play. I don’t need to play Major League Baseball to validate myself as a person,” Zaun said before the Brewers’ game against the Chicago Cubs. “Do I want to play? That’s a different story. It’s too uncertain to tell. I’m really upset about having surgery and my season being over.” Shoulder surgeries among professional baseball players are ... Read More

Tampa Bay Rays’ Howell undergoes season-ending shoulder surgery

Just as the baseball season was getting underway, Tampa Bay Rays J.P. Howell had surgery on his left shoulder, ending his season prematurely. The left-handed reliever had to stop a simulated game last week just after starting because of discomfort in his shoulder. Two days later he was in surgery. Howell is expected to be recovered enough to play in the 2011 season. “We certainly knew that it was a possibility. We went through the rehab process in a very methodical way to give us the best chance to get him back on the mound, and it didn’t work,” executive ... Read More

I-Flow settles lawsuits from plaintiffs injured by shoulder pain pumps

I-Flow has agreed to settle five lawsuits from plaintiffs who say the company’s pain pump device used during shoulder repair surgery caused them to develop a painful and debilitating condition known as chondrolysis. The announcement follows a ruling by a federal judge in Ohio who rejected efforts to have the cases dismissed. The lawsuits had been consolidated for a trial that was scheduled to begin late last month. All of the plaintiffs alleged that the pain pumps manufactured by I-Flow to infuse pain medication into the shoulder joint during and after arthroscopic surgery destroyed the shoulder cartilage, causing chondrolysis. I-Flow ... Read More