Safety and litigation update for shoulder pain pumps

By Benjamin T. Busfield, MD, and Laura B. Kalur, Esq.

It’s time to stop using intra-articular pain pumps

Several modalities have emerged for postoperative pain control to facilitate outpatient surgery. For shoulder arthroscopy, these modalities include regional nerve blocks and pain pumps. Regional anesthetic procedures such as interscalene blocks, however, may not be available or desirable because they typically require a trained anesthesiologist and their administration can significantly delay the start of the procedure.

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