IMPLANTED INTRATHECAL PUMP
An intrathecal pain pump is used to relieve chronic pain. The pain pump delivers small amounts of medication directly to the intrathecal space (the area surround the spinal cord) to prevent pain signals from being perceived by the brain. The medication delivered directly to where the pain signals travel offers patients dramatic pain relief with a medication dose that is less than taking oral medications. Benefits included less side effects associated with oral medications, such as upset stomach, vomiting, constipation and sleepiness.
A pump trial for 5-7 days is done first to assure that you are a good candidate with pain relief of 50% or greater. If the trial is successful, the patient is scheduled to have a permanent pump implanted.
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