Intrathecal Pain Pump Placement Specialist

Intrathecal Pain Pump Placement Specialist Q&A

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Intrathecal Pain Pump Placement Specialist Near Me in Frisco, TX and Denton, TX
Intrathecal Pain Pump Placement Specialist Near Me in Frisco, TX and Denton, TX

Table of Contents:

Where is a pain pump inserted?
How long does it take to implant a pain pump?
How is an intrathecal pump placed?
What is Intrathecal Pain Pump Placement?

Where is a pain pump inserted?


The doctor will determine whether your pain pump will provide enough pain relief or help you function better before implanting it. A catheter attached to an outside pump may deliver medicine into your spine during a trial of the pump. You may also receive one or more shots of medicine in your spine. Long-term pumps may be available if you respond well.

During the surgery to place the catheter and pump, you may be asleep. It is also possible that your doctor will numb the area and prescribe medicine to relax you. A small cut (incision) will be made next to your spine by the doctor. A catheter is inserted into the space next to your spinal cord. To ensure that it’s in the right place, X-rays will be taken.

The medicine pump will be inserted under the skin of your belly on one side. Your spine catheter will be guided under your skin and connected to the pump. Stitches or staples could in fact be used to close the incisions.

How long does it take to implant a pain pump?


The procedure involves two parts: placing the catheter in the intrathecal space surrounding the spinal cord and placing the pump/reservoir in the abdomen. The procedure consists of five steps. The operation generally takes 3 to 4 hours.

You may be able to use the pump for several years depending on the model you receive. In the event that the battery or the entire pump needs to be replaced, you will need surgery.

Your doctor will refill the pump during follow-up visits. In order to empty the pump, your doctor will insert a needle into it. Next, the doctor will inject more medicine into the pump using the needle. A doctor will also examine your pump and medicine to ensure that they are working properly.

Make sure your other doctors know what medicine is in your pump. Tell them before any procedure, such as an MRI, that you have a pump.

Carry a card explaining that you have an implanted device when you travel.

How is an intrathecal pump placed?


Anesthesia is administered while you are lying on the operative table. As soon as you fall asleep, your body is rolled onto its side. A catheter and a pump will be placed on the back and stomach after the back and stomach have been shaved.

In the middle of your back, a small incision is made. A vertebra’s bony arch (lamina) is exposed. Sutures are used to secure the catheter in the subarachnoid space, or intrathecal space, above the spinal cord.

An extension catheter is passed under the skin from the spine, around your torso, and into the abdomen to implant the pump.

You will have a 4–6-inch incision made on the side of your abdomen below your waistline. Between the skin and muscle layers, the surgeon creates a pocket for the pump. Pumps are connected to extension catheters. After the pump is correctly positioned under the skin, it is sutured to the thick fascia layer overlying the stomach muscles.

Sutures or staples are used to close the incisions in your back and abdomen.

What is Intrathecal Pain Pump Placement?


Long-term (chronic) pain can be controlled with a surgically implanted pain pump. The spinal cord fluid is pumped with medicine. Nerves in the spinal cord transmit messages between the body and the brain, including pain signals.

You will be given a thin tube (catheter) that is inserted into the space surrounding your spinal cord. Your lower belly is fitted with a pump that is attached to the tube. You can keep the device there for as long as you need it. More medicine can be added to the pump by your doctor. It is sometimes called an intrathecal pain pump.

The pump relieves chronic pain that makes daily life difficult. Additionally, it may be used to treat cancer pain and end-of-life pain. To block pain, pain pumps deliver medicine directly to the spinal cord.

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