For years, orthopedic surgeons have puzzled over a medical mystery: Dozens of young athletes who, after surgery, developed chondrolysis, a rare condition in which joint cartilage dies. Now, researchers may have found the culprit: pain pumps.
Pain pumps are postsurgical devices that deliver local anesthetics to a specific area through a plastic tube. The devices came into wider use in the ‘90s as an alternative to long hospital stays and narcotic painkiller prescriptions, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration never approved their use in joints.
Today, doctors say exposing joint cartilage to anesthetics for an extended time period could be harmful. For many, that warning comes too late—after the replacement of a joint or the premature end of an athletic career. Nationwide, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against pain pump manufacturers. In California, Hodes Milman Liebeck’s own Jeffrey Milman is playing a lead role in a coordinated proceeding that includes more than 150 of the suits.
If you believe that you have been harmed by a pain pump, contact Hodes Milman Liebeck or Jeff Milman for a free case evaluation. We’re aggressive personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers based in Orange County, serving all of California. We have the experience to take on the medical industry and have achieved multi-million dollar verdicts for our clients.