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The 411 on Pain Pumps Used in Knee and Hip Surgeries

Going in for surgery can be a scary time. You may have many thoughts about the procedure, doctor, medical staff, and your recovery time in addition to thoughts about pain following your surgery. Because orthopedic surgeons perform hip and knee surgeries every day – two of the most common surgical procedures performed in the U.S. – they may not fully understand or address your concerns properly.


However, a hip surgery or knee replacement surgery can be frightening for you, and you need to learn about the potential consequences surrounding these types of surgeries. 


Did Your Doctor Say the Words “Pain Pump?” 


When doctors mention they are going to use a pain pump to treat the pain you will experience after the surgery, it may sound good to you. Who wants to be in pain if there is something that can minimize it and make you feel more comfortable during the healing process? 


However, pain pumps have been linked to serious cartilage damage in Kentucky and throughout the nation. You may go in for a routine surgery but come out with a knee or hip that seems worse because of the use of a pain pump. This occurs because the medicine the pain pump injects kills the cells in that area and then eats away at the cartilage – leaving bone to grind against bone and causing immense pain. 


The pain pump is placed at the specific site of the hip or knee and is designed to deliver a constant flow of medication directly to the surgical wound for pain management purposes. 


Because pain pumps have been known for their delivery errors and programming problems and have been linked to many cases of serious cartilage damage, many doctors have stopped using them. However, there are some doctors and pain management clinics who continue to use them.  


Our Kentucky Pain Pump Attorneys Want You to Be Aware of These Symptoms


If you have used a pain pump to control your pain after knee or hip replacement surgery, you need to be aware of the following symptoms: 


  • Weakness in the area 
  • Decreased range of motion or movement in the area
  • Clicking or grinding sound in the area
  • Continued pain 


If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you need to tell your doctor immediately. Additionally, if you have been injured by the use of a pain pump, our Ohio and Kentucky medical mistake lawyers will consult with you to evaluate your injury from the pain pump. We will listen to your story, answer your questions, and let you know if we believe you have a pain pump lawsuit. Give us a call for a free consultation today at 888-606-5297.

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