Best Intrathecal Pump Treatment


Overview

Intrathecal Pump Implantation is a method in which a pain pump device is used to deliver pain medication to your spinal cord. It helps in providing relief from the pain associated with failed back surgery, cancer, or any nerve pain.

Procedure

Your neurosurgeon will make a small cut in the middle of your back to place the catheter in the affected area of your spine. And then the pump is placed between the skin and muscle layers in the abdomen. 

Benefits

It is very beneficial for people suffering from chronic pain as it provides pain relief and improves daily activities. It is directly given in the spinal cord, the place where medication takes effect. It can even help patients suffering from cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis by reducing spasticity or muscle rigidity.

Risks

Some of the risks of Intrathecal Pump Implantation include bleeding,  swelling around the area where the incision was made, difficulty in urinating, increased pain or weakness, infection, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What should you avoid after Intrathecal Pump Implantation?

    Your doctor will advise you to avoid any bending or stretching exercises for at least 8 weeks after the surgery. You should even avoid driving for 4 weeks.

  • How long does the procedure of Intrathecal Pump Implantation takes?

    The surgery usually takes 3 to 4 hours and you are discharged on the same day after observation.