Why Get an Intrathecal Pump?
Although undergoing the operation to have an intrathecal pump implanted is an intensive process, it comes with many benefits.
Here are the top five advantages of the treatment:
- Customizable: Intrathecal pumps can be programmed for a patient’s specific needs and may be changed at any time, depending on the patient’s level of pain.
- Fewer side effects: Programming pain pumps for a patient’s individualized needs can cut down on the adverse effects that often come with taking oral pain medication.
- Ditch pain medication: With an intrathecal pump, most patients can eliminate or at least greatly reduce the use of oral pain medication.
- Trial period: Patients go through a trial test before receiving an intrathecal pump, so they can have confidence in their decision.
- Impermanence: An intrathecal pump is in no way permanent and may be turned off or surgically removed at any time.
How Long Does an Intrathecal Pump Last?
Generally, a pump needs to be refilled every one to three months. At refill appointments, a patient can discuss with their doctor whether the dosage needs to be adjusted. The batteries within the pump last longer, about three to five years depending on usage, but require an entirely new pump because the batteries can’t be replaced however there is no need to replace the catheter.
Over the course of regular refills, a patient should be able to figure out the dosage right for them and experience a reduction in chronic pain. A patient’s results with a pain pump will vary, depending on the condition being treated and its severity, but spasticity control and the ease of daily activities should noticeably improve.
Who Is a Good Candidate for an Intrathecal Pump?
An intrathecal pump is a viable treatment plan for anyone who has tried conservative therapies, yet still experiences chronic pain. A good pain pump candidate has no other surgical options, no active or untreated drug addiction, no medical contraindications and no psychological conditions that implantable therapy could exacerbate. Finally, a good candidate for a pain pump has successfully gone through a drug trial for the pump.
Relieve Your Pain at Spine Institute of North America
If you’re wondering whether an intrathecal pump is right for you, contact Spine Institute of North America. We offer a unique combination of professional and personable service, so you can have an honest conversation about all your options with experts who will work to find the best treatment plan for you. Our physicians continually travel the world to further their education and training, so they can provide their patients with the most up-to-date medical responses.
At Spine Institute of North America, it’s always our goal to relieve your pain and revive your life. To figure out the best treatment option for you, call (609) 337-6496 today.