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Everything You Need to Know About Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis


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4/25/2015
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About three months ago you decided you had it with your shoulder and that it was time to see the doctor. After exams, x-rays, and an MRI, you were told you should have arthroscopic surgery. Two months later, you found yourself walking through the doors of St. Luke’s for the operation.

Now, a month out from surgery, you’re in more pain than ever before. You can’t move your shoulder the way you used to because it is weak and stiff, and after another x-ray, you’ve learned that the space in the shoulder joint has become narrow. What happened?

All About Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis

Your doctor inserted a pain pump into your shoulder after surgery. Although the pump is intended to help, doctors are finding that these devices are actually causing more harm than good, and are directly linked to the onset of postarthroscopic glenohumeral chrondolysis (PAGCL). Here’s what you need to know about this painful condition:

  • Cartilage is scarce. Postarthroscopic glenohumeral chrondolysis is categorized by the deterioration of cartilage in the glenohumeral joint. Without cartilage to buffer the joint, bone-on-bone interaction takes place, which results in pain and difficulty moving.
  • The pain is constant. One of the hallmark characteristics of PAGCL is that the pain is always there, whether the shoulder is moving or is still.
  • The condition isn’t immediate. Typically, the symptoms of PAGCL occur about one month after the surgery and use of the pump.

Don’t Allow This Negligence to Happen

Just like any patient, you expected to come out of surgery feeling better, and it’s not fair that your shoulder is actually worse now that the procedure is over. If you believe you should receive compensation for such negligence, you’re not alone. The attorneys of the Morton Law Offices think you should, too.

Contact us today to learn how we have helped many victims in the Boise area receive the justice they deserved, and how we may be able to do the same for you.



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