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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

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

Another lawsuit filed against pain pump manufacturers

Michael Johnson says neither he nor his doctor would have agreed to have a pain pump devices implanted into his shoulder joint during two arthroscopic surgeries if he knew that by doing so it would result in a full shoulder joint replacement. Johnson contends that the manufacturers of the medical device knew that the pain pumps were unreasonably and dangerously defective, and yet they did nothing to warn him or his surgeon about the risks associated with using it. Furthermore, he claims, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) specifically prohibited the marketing of pain pump devices with anesthetics to be ... Read More

Reports of young patients with arthritis in shoulder increasing

A growing number of young patients have been developing arthritis in their shoulders after routine outpatient arthroscopic surgery, causing surgeons to question what could be causing the debilitating condition in otherwise healthy individuals. Arthritis in the shoulder is somewhat uncommon, with about 40,000 shoulder replacements being performed each year in the United States. By comparison, 450,000 knee and 230,000 hip replacements are performed annually. But the increasing reports of shoulder arthritis in young patients is alarming on many levels. For starters, current shoulder replacement techniques do not adequately address the high function demands of young active patients. And while shoulder ... Read More

FDA issues warning about local anesthetics, pain pumps

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is notifying health care professionals of reports of a serious and destructive cartilage condition known as chondrolysis in patients who have had shoulder surgery during which they received continuously infused local anesthetics to deaden pain. The anesthetics were delivered via pain pumps, balloon-like devices that hold medication outside the body and have a catheter that delivers pain medication directly into the shoulder joint for up to 72 hours following surgery. It is not known whether the drugs or the device is causing the chondrolysis, or if it is a combination of several factors. However, ... Read More

Orthopedic surgery patients urged to monitor symptoms

Patients who have had an orthopedic surgical procedure and received a prolonged infusion of a local anesthetic into the joint with a disposable elastomeric pump or any other infusion pump are urged by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to pay attention to symptoms of any joint pain, stiffness and decrease or loss of motion. If any of those symptoms persist, patients are advised to contact their health care professional. The notice to patients was part of a recent announcement by the FDA warning health care professionals of the a painful and debilitating condition known as chondrolysis reported in patients ... Read More

UCLA’s Keefe benched due to shoulder injury, but recovery likely

UCLA forward James Keefe will miss two to three weeks with the team to recovery from a dislocated left shoulder. The senior was injured during the first half of UCLA’s game against New Mexico State on December 15th. The injury occurred on the same shoulder that required surgery for a torn labrum in 2007. Shoulder injuries among athletes is not uncommon and can bench a player for weeks or months. There was a time when such injuries that required surgery brought about career-ending fears, but technology over the years has made full recovery a more likely possibility. However, just a ... Read More

FDA warns of chondrolysis risk with unapproved use of local anesthetics

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning orthopedic and anesthesia health care providers and hospital risk managers not to continuously infuse local anesthetics directly into the intra-articular joint space because this use of anesthetics has led to a painful and debilitating condition known as chondrolysis, or the decaying and destruction of the cartilage. On Friday, the FDA notified health care professionals of 35 reports of chondrolysis in patients who received regular infusions of the anesthetics for up to 72 hours following surgery. In the reported cases, the anesthetics were used with pain pump devices in which the medication was ... Read More

Pain pumps less risky these days

Pain pumps are devices used to deliver a steady amount of medication to a wound site for up to 72 hours following surgery. They are often used in shoulder surgery. The balloon-shaped part of the device rests outside the body and is attached to catheters that feed into the shoulder tissue. Once the medication has been used, patients are instructed to simply pull out the catheter. The devices take the place of narcotics, which carry a laundry list of side effects from nausea to vomiting to constipation and decreased sleep. They also require more monitoring and may require the patient ... Read More