Pain pumps have caused many problems for patients across the nation, including young athletes. In November 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration alerted doctors about 35 reports of chondrolysis, a medical condition that occurs when joint cartilage dies, which leaves bone to grind against bone.
Where the Problem Started Surgeons have used pain pumps as postsurgical medical devices to deliver anesthesia. Patients often used pain pumps for two or three days.
It is important to note that the FDA had not approved pain pumps for such a purpose. However, pain pump companies had been telling doctors that pain pumps could be used for surgeries involving joints.
Numerous Studies Have Linked Chondrolysis to Pain Pumps It has been estimated that hundreds, even possibly thousands of orthopedic surgeons have used pain pumps to administer local anesthetics to patients. What has baffled surgeons is that some patients, who were young and otherwise healthy, started developing chondrolysis. Now they have their answer.
Research was conducted into the cause of the increase in chondrolysis cases. Numerous medical studies came to the conclusion that pain pumps were likely the culprit.
Lawsuits Have Been Filed Lawsuits have been filed against pain pump manufacturers, including I-Flow Corp., Sorenson Medical Products and Breg, Inc. The Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson has been one of the leading firms in pain pump litigation. Our Kentucky pain pump lawyers were successful in settling five pain pump cases involving I-Flow. We have now settled more pain pump cases than any other law firm in the country.
Currently, we are representing a pain pump case involving young female athletes. The lawsuit was filed against Breg after our clients developed chondrolysis. These young women now have trouble walking comfortably and are often in pain.
If you have developed chondrolysis after using a pain pump, contact an experienced pain pump attorney at our office for a free legal consultation at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297. We will review your case to help you get to the bottom of what caused you to develop this painful condition.