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Shoulder pain pumps: risks could outweigh the benefits

Patients of shoulder surgery almost always experience excruciating pain afterward. A common solution to post-surgical pain is the insertion of a pain pump that releases painkillers at the site of the surgery for a few days afterward. Patients complain that oral treatment doesn’t accommodate properly for the pain. However, pain pumps have been linked to the development of postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis (PAGCL), a condition causing lifetime pain and permanent effects on shoulder mobility. There is currently no adequate treatment for PAGCL and doctors are not familiar with it as it is a newly arising condition. Symptoms of PAGCL may not develop for months after surgery, sometimes over a year. If you have had shoulder surgery and are noticing unusual symptoms, it is important to contact a doctor. The manufacturer is facing product liability lawsuits, and others claiming that patients were not properly warned about the risks involved with the implants.