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More Pain Pump Side Effects Then Expected

Many people around the world live in severe chronic pain.  Oral pain medications are often prescribed by doctors to help bring relief.  For many patients, oral medications do not bring about enough relief.  If you are experiencing pain and you’re not responding to your oral pain medication, your doctor may prescribe a drug pain pump.  These implantable devices send pain medication directly to the area of trauma providing pain relief with a small fraction of the medication needed if taken orally.  Medtronic is a major manufacturer of pain pumps.  Unfortunately, Medtronic has experienced a number of complications with their pain pumps that have generated many Pain Pump Side effects.

Common Pain Pump Side effects include urinary retention, nausea and vomiting, itching, weakness, facial flushing, muscle twitching, over sedation, constipation, joint pain, sleepiness and disorientation.   Severe Pain Pump Side effects include spinal and vascular complications such as infection, bleeding, tissue damage, all of which may require additional surgical procedures.  Improper use of the device, failure of the catheter, programming errors, using inappropriate drugs or improper use may result in pocket seroma, hematoma, erosion, infection, post-lumbar puncture (spinal headache), CSF leak, meningitis, paralysis and device rejection.  If you have experienced any of these Pain Pump Side effects you should consult with a Pain Pump lawyer to discuss your legal rights in this matter.  Given that a Medtronic Pain Pump Warning and Recall have been issued, lawsuits are currently being filed around the country.

Medronic Pain Pump Warning Issued

These pain pumps are used to deliver pain medications to the spinal column and to treat patients who have metastatic cancer.  A Medtronic Pain Pump Warning has been issued for inappropriate medications and device attachments that contain neurotoxic preservatives, antimicrobials, or antioxidants, or may be incompatible with the device and can damage the system.

A Medtronic Pain Pump Warning was initiated by the FDA warning physicians and consumers about the numerous problems with this implant.  The Medtronic Pain Pump Warning alert has now become a Medtronic Recall in 2008.  Improper connections between the implanted catheters and pumps that deliver infused drugs have been detected in 83 patients where one patient died.  The FDA has classified this alert as a Class I Recall, which means a “reasonable probability” exists that use of this product may cause serious adverse health consequences or death.  Neither the FDA nor Medtronic require that the pump be removed from patients.  However, they recommended that patients who have recalled products be monitored closely.  These improper connections can result in leaks of pain drugs that can cause overdoses, under doses or return of symptoms that the medication is supposed to treat according to Medtronic.  These pumps are also used on patients who have spasticity related to cystic fibrosis, traumatic brain injury and multiple sclerosis as well as chronic pain.

The Medtronic Pain Pump Warning Recall includes models:

  • Indura 1P Intrathecal Catheter, model 8709SC
  • Intrathecal Catheter, model 8731SC
  • Sutureless Pump Connector Revision Kit, model 8578
  • Intrathecal Catheter Pump Segment Revision Kit, model 8596SC

If you have experienced Pain Pump Side effects while on a Medtronic pain pump, you might want to speak with a Pain Pump lawyer to learn more about Pain Pump Side effects, Medtronic Pain Pump Warning and your legal rights.

You May be entitled to Compensation, so act now.

Lawyer are now speaking with individuals who have been harmed after receiving a shoulder pain pump after surgery. According to the FDA some  injections given by infusion pain pumps has resulted in reports of chondrolysis,  a severe type of shoulder arthritis in which the cartilage of the joint is abruptly lost after shoulder arthroscopy.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a Medtronic Pain Pump installed in your shoulder, contact us now to speak with our qualified professionals about possible compensation.  Call us now at 877-222-7069 or use the contact form for a free case review.

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