Shoulder replacement surgery could be linked to use of a pain pump

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted January 3, 2008


Shoulder replacement surgery, or shoulder arthroplasty, is a complex procedure used to treat severely damaged shoulders. It involves the complete removal of the shoulder joint and the installation of a metal or plastic prosthetic shoulder. In some cases, a shoulder replacement may be necessary due to cartilage damage caused by a shoulder pain pump used after arthroscopic surgery.

>>INFORMATION: Shoulder Pain Pump Complications

Postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis, also known as PAGCL, is a rare condition which has been linked to the use of shoulder pumps which deliver pain medication directly to the joint following arthroscopic shoulder surgery. PAGCL causes a progressive deterioration of cartilage in the shoulder, which can not be repaired or replaced. Therefore, some individuals have required a shoulder replacement several months after undergoing an arthroscopic shoulder surgery to address minor shoulder problems.

Shoulder replacement surgery is a very serious operation which is much less than knee replacement or hip replacement. Only about 23,000 people undergo a shoulder replacement surgery each year, compared to over 700,000 who have a knee or hip replacement surgery.

Artificial shoulder surgery started in the 1950s to treat severe shoulder fractures and severe joint pain. The shoulder joint is normally covered with smooth cartilage which allows the shoulder to rotate and move in more ways than any other joint in the body. Shoulder arthroplasty is a surgical shoulder joint replacement, which is an extensive surgery requiring general anesthesia and several days of hospitalization.


The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are pursuing lawsuits for individuals who have required a shoulder replacement surgery to relieve severe pain caused by cartilage loss after use of a shoulder pain pump. Request a free consultation and claim evaluation for additional information, or to find out if you, a friend or family member may have a claim.

12 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • betty langley says:

    I have been told I need full or partial shoulder replacement surgery after having 3 previous arthroscopic surgeries, where the pump was used. I’m 55, but have had shoulder problems for over 15 years.

    Posted on February 25, 2008 at 11:11 pm

  • Larry says:

    I’m disabled.HAVE HAD 5 SURGRIES. All hoping my right shoulder, would get better.It Never happened. I am in more pain than ever, since a accident in 2001 that left me totally disabled. Now over 16 surgries, i am going to have a stainless shoulder installed, hoping for releif after having the pump on my last shoulder surgries, which left me worse off than ever. I hope these companies will stand up and compensate us the people for there damages. It is only right that we be able to live the rest of our live not being bound down by constant pain.

    Posted on February 27, 2008 at 2:00 am

  • Anita says:

    I started out with a basic rotator cuff tear. They used a pain pump, and ever since I have had 4 surgeries one a partial joint replacement. I still have alot of pain and have lost my job I had worked for over 25 years, still not able to work.I am 46 not getting any younger!

    Posted on March 11, 2008 at 7:09 pm

  • Merry says:

    I had surgery on my shoulder and had the pain pump right after my surgery, now I need to have shoulder replacement surgery, I have no cartilidge in my shoulder. And I have severe arthiritis. I suffer pain everyday.

    Posted on May 1, 2008 at 12:44 am

  • aimee says:

    I’m 40 and i tore my legiment in 2002 or 2001. This is not rigt and the pain can be unbareable..And well drugs please they dont work for the pain as i get sick from them so way take any med’s I can’t do many things now becasue of the pain..something needs to be done about it.

    Posted on August 15, 2008 at 10:33 pm

  • Mary says:

    I had rotator cuff surgery for a tear in Feb 08. Mine was work related. I had the pain pump. I never want that surgery again. I have popping and pain but isn’t it early? I am hoping for no effects of the pain pump.

    Posted on September 7, 2008 at 9:50 pm

  • Bruce says:

    I had total replacement on both shoulders 1st one is 4 years old it locks up cracks and pops still hurts most of the time and other side still waiting to see if it gets better or not it’s only 1 year old

    Posted on December 27, 2013 at 5:41 pm

  • Darlene says:

    I had a shoulder replacement , and I can’t lift my arm all the way up, is that normal? It is so painful.

    Posted on October 7, 2015 at 8:47 pm

  • Fran says:

    I had left shoulder re-faced in July 2005, in mar 2007 had full shoulder replaced… Am in pain everyday ,,, cant even raise arm overhead

    Posted on August 14, 2016 at 8:48 pm

  • Steven says:

    Had replacement surgery rt. Shoulder 2009. Had to redo replacement 2011 because of failure

    Posted on September 7, 2016 at 11:56 am

  • Robert says:

    2 rotator cup surgery 3 shoulder replacement surgery,s 2months in the hospital with staff infection put on total disability loading a $75,000 a year job losing my teaching job at night my regular jod during the day lose of a 20 year marriage my ex wife now dead still have first shoulder replacement prosteisis and and all medical records

    Posted on September 13, 2016 at 10:03 pm

  • Bill says:

    I had rotator cuff surgery in 2001(left shoulder)and 2007(right shoulder). Both times a pain pump was used. I have had 4 more surgeries to my left shoulder, including a total replacement in 2012 plus a cleanup surgery in 2015 on the same shoulder. Oh. but wait. The doctor and hospital do not keep records over 7 years so any proof of the pain pump used on me are in a land fill somewhere. What lawyer wants to tackle that situation?

    Posted on August 2, 2017 at 7:57 pm

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