Medtronic pain pumps are pumps that are placed near the surface of the skin, that help patients get more direct relief from chronic pain that oral medications couldn’t provide. These pumps are used to distribute medication through a catheter like device for various types of pain. Specifically we fund cases for shoulder and knee pain pumps that have been a threat to patients

Problems with the Pumps

There are several types of pain pump side effects that are caused when the pain medication is released from the pump.  In 2007 and 2008 the Food and Drug Administration had recalls on the Medtronic pain pumps due to pump motor failures as well as the side effects listed below.

Common side effects associated with the use of the Medtronic pain pump include,

  • Urinary retention
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Itching
  • Weakness
  • Facial flushing
  • Muscle twitching
  • Over sedation
  • Constipation
  • Joint pain
  • Sleepiness
  • Disorientation

In addition, many severe complications have also been reported.  More particularly, spinal and vascular complications such as infection, bleeding, tissue damage, all of which may require surgery; improper use of the device which may lead to catheter failure; programming errors; hematoma (collection of blood outside the blood vessels); erosion (wearing away or being eaten ate); infection; post lumbar puncture (spinal headache); CSF leak (spinal fluid leaking out of the dura into another layer of the brain); meningitis; paralysis; and device rejection (device is rejected by the body).

Since there has been a Medtronic Pain Pump warning and recall, more litigation cases have been coming up around the United States. According to Medtronic, there have been 14 deaths between 1996 and 2013, and the FDA requires Medtronic to report any defects or threats to the FDA, patients and doctors so they may consider removing the product from the market.

 

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