Do you suffer from low back pain that has failed to improve with time and/or conservative therapy? If so you may be a candidate for this quick and simple treatment option.
Intrathecal Pump Q&A
What is an Intrathecal Pump?
An intrathecal pump is a small medical device that delivers pain relief medications directly to the spinal cord.
What are the Benefits?
Medications delivered here have a stronger and faster effect with fewer side effects than medications taken in pill form.
How Does it Work?
The surgical insertion is performed under general anesthesia. Your doctor will make two incisions: one in the side of your abdomen to place the pump, and another in your back to place the catheter. The whole process takes about 3-4 hours, and most patients can go home the same day.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Once the pump is inserted, the doctor will pre-program the release of medication throughout the day. An intrathecal pump won’t treat your underlying condition, but it can provide relief from chronic pain and improve your quality of life.
When Will I Feel Better?
After the procedure, it’s normal to experience some discomfort while your body recovers. Certain activities, like climbing stairs, lifting heavy items, or rigorous exercise, will be off-limits for 2-3 weeks after surgery.
Is an Intrathecal Pump Right for Me?
If you have not experienced sufficient pain relief with other treatments, this may be the right course for you. We will schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Physicians, to determine if this is a good fit for you.