Intrathecal Pump Implants

Chronic Pain Relief

An intrathecal pump implant is a medical device used to help manage chronic pain or spasticity (muscle stiffness and spasms) caused by certain conditions, such as spinal cord injuries or multiple sclerosis. This device delivers medication directly into the fluid surrounding your spinal cord, called cerebrospinal fluid.

The Procedure

To place the implant, a doctor will first numb the area with a local anesthetic. They will then make a small incision in your back and insert a small device called a catheter into your spinal canal. The catheter is then connected to a small pump, which is implanted under your skin, typically in your abdomen or buttock.

The pump is programmed to deliver a specific amount of medication at a set rate, which can be adjusted by your doctor as needed. The medication is delivered directly to the area around your spinal cord, which can help reduce pain and spasticity.

The procedure typically takes a few hours to complete and you will need to stay in the hospital for a few days for observation. You will also need to follow up with your doctor regularly to ensure the device is functioning properly and to adjust your medication as needed.

It’s important to note that this treatment should only be done under the guidance of a medical professional and after careful consideration of your individual health needs.