Should You Get A Pain Pump After Shoulder Surgery?
Over the last decade, the use of pain pumps has become more commonplace. These devices work by controlling the pain medication that is issued to the patient, providing them continual relief. Pain pumps can be both internally or externally attached to the patient, and they can also be used to deliver other types of fluids to a patient if necessary.
Pain Pumps And Shoulder Surgery
Because your shoulder joints are one of the largest in your body, surgery on this area can be very painful after-the-fact. Recovery from this type of surgery requires extensive physical therapy, and many patients cannot endure this treatment without the assistance of pain medications. Pharmaceutical companies have been encouraging doctors to use this device for shoulder surgery to inject pain medications right into the joint space in the shoulders, providing additional relief.
However, it should be noted that this type of treatment is considered an “off-label” treatment and is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Many patients who have received this type of treatment have been injured by the procedure. The injection of the medication into the joint space has been associated with a disorder called Chondrolysis. Chondrolysis is a deterioration of the cartilage in the shoulder joint. It is very painful and limits the motion and capabilities of the shoulder and arm. Chondrolysis cannot be reversed. Currently, the FDA is investigating this issue and many lawsuits have been filed.
What To Do If You Are Facing Shoulder Surgery
Before you agree to shoulder surgery, you should have an open discussion with your health care provider about pain management after the surgery. If the physician encourages the use of a pain pump, ask what other types of pain management are available to you. Tell your doctor that you are concerned with the risks associated with the pain pump and that you are not sure if you feel comfortable with this type of device. If you are not comfortable with their answer, you are encouraged to seek a second opinion.
What If You Have Already Been Injured By One Of These Pumps
If you have recently undergone shoulder surgery and were placed on a pain pump and have been diagnosed with Chondrolysis or some other shoulder injury due to that pump, you should seek the services of a personal injury attorney, such as Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, who are familiar with such injuries.
Pain pumps have been associated with many types of injuries over the last decade. The FDA has admitted to receiving over 56,000 adverse event notices on various pain pumps, and 500 recorded deaths from malfunctions. Injuries that are occurring to shoulder surgery patients are among those adverse events, and the FDA is taking them very seriously due to the fact that this is an off-label treatment that they have not approved.
An attorney will review your case and your medical records and help you decide what type of action you would like to take to receive compensation. As the victim of this type of event, you may find that there are several entities that are at fault for your condition. This is why it is very important to seek a legal consultation as soon as possible after you have been injured.
Debbie Nguyen used oral medication to ease pain after surgery to repair a shattered ankle. In researching pain management options, she found Steinger, Iscoe & Greene are experienced with cases involving faulty drugs and products.
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