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Ex-Football Star Sues Med Tech Company Over Pain Pump Injury

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Former University of Utah football star Jason Kaufusi, has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Stryker Corp., alleging that the company knew or should have known that a pain pump implanted into his shoulder causes chondrolysis.

The lawsuit said that in 2003 Kaufusi had pain pump implanted in his left shoulder, a device that releases a controlled dose of anesthetics to surgical sites to relieve pain. In 2010, Kaufusi learned that the pain pump has caused chrondrolysis, a condition that causes severe cartilage loss, pain, weakness and decreased range of motion, the Deseret News reported.

According to the lawsuit, despite repeated visits to health care professionals to determine the cause of his shoulder damage, he” did not discover until the summer of 2010 that the pain pump was the likely cause of the cartilage degeneration in his left shoulder.”

The lawsuit contends that Stryker Corp., “knew that their pain pump was never cleared by the FDA for use in or near the joint space, or even for use in orthopedic surgery at all.”

The lawsuit seeks punitive and general damages including pain and mental suffering, as well as past, current and future medical costs. disclaimer: This article: Ex-Football Star Sues Med Tech Company Over Pain Pump Injury was posted on Friday, July 8th, 2011 at 2:42 pm at and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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