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What is the treatment for postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis?


About a month after you underwent shoulder surgery, the painful symptoms started. First you couldn’t move your shoulder without meeting resistance in the form of stiffness and weakness. Then the pain started, both when you were using the shoulder and during rest. Lastly, the grinding and popping showed up whenever you moved your arm.

You visited your doctor about the problems, and he told you they are likely the result of postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis (PAGCL). This condition, in which the cartilage in the shoulder joint deteriorates, is usually the result of a pump that is inserted into the joint following surgery. This pump is used to deliver pain medication into the shoulder and has been known to cause PAGCL.

What Are Your Treatment Options?

You had surgery to help stop the pain and stiffness. Unfortunately, the pain and mobility are worse now than before. What can you do to reverse the problem?

  • Medication. Doctors can prescribe medication to help reduce the pain and inflammation in the shoulder, and possibly to encourage the cartilage to grow. However, medication can’t resolve the problem completely, only help make it more bearable.
  • Surgery. Typically, the best way to increase your chances of getting better involves additional surgery called arthroplasty. In this procedure, the joint of the shoulder is typically replaced. Oftentimes, the socket of the shoulder and the ball of the arm bones are also replaced because the bones have been so damaged from rubbing together from the absence of cartilage. Unfortunately, this surgery isn’t without the risk of complications, and the recovery period is quite extensive.

We May Be Able to Help

One shoulder surgery is expensive enough, but when you have to have an additional surgery to repair the damage caused by a pain pump, the costs become astronomical. It doesn’t make sense or seem fair that you have to pay for extra medical treatments because of someone else’s negligence.

The attorneys of the Morton Law Offices want to help you seek justice. Contact us today to learn how.