Post-arthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis (PAGCL) and Pain Pumps

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:47 by admin
Post-arthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis - PAGCL & Pain Pumps

Post-arthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis, or PAGCL, is a serious condition in which the shoulder joints deteriorate, leaving severe shoulder movement limitations in post-arthroscopic shoulder surgery patients.  The injury in this case is characterized by a disintegration of the cartilage surrounding the shoulder joint area.  The cartilage deterioration can be caused by sustained exposure to anesthetics from a pain pump.   



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The pump is placed subcutaneously in the shoulder joint area during surgery and delivers anesthesia to the affected area for up to three days after the surgery has ended.  The pain pump is designed to deliver pain medication directly to the site following surgery, instead of taking opioid analgesics that are distributed throughout the body.

PAGCL patients uniformly have had arthroscopic surgery to the shoulder, where a pain pump has been implanted.  The high doses of lidocaine administered by the pain pump appear to have caused severe deterioration in the cartilage surrounding the joint.  Once patients experience this damage to the shoulder joint, the condition is irreversible.  The only treatment for this condition is shoulder replacement surgery.

Some of the symptoms associated with PAGCL include tenderness or weakness in the shoulder area, shoulder stiffness, a ‘popping’ or ‘grinding’ sensation in the shoulder joint, or severe shoulder pain.  The shoulder in PAGCL cases has a substantially reduced range of motion.

If you believe that you are suffering from post-arthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis or PAGCL, then you should speak to your physician about your condition immediately.  Additionally, you may wish to consult an attorney to find out what your legal rights are.

Attorneys associated with InjuryBoard are currently reviewing PAGCL cases, and will review your case free of charge.  Please click on the right hand side of the page to speak to an attorney today.  Remember that there are time limits within which you must bring suit.

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