Intrathecal Pain Pumps
An Intrathecal Pump is a device that helps manage chronic pain more effectively. It’s like a small pump surgically placed under your skin, usually in your abdomen. This pump delivers pain-relieving medication directly to the area around your spinal cord through a tiny tube.
Now, who can benefit?
People with chronic pain, especially when other treatments like pills haven’t worked well enough. The pump allows for a more targeted and efficient delivery of medication, reducing the overall amount needed and minimizing side effects. It’s like having a personalized pain relief system that can make a big difference for those dealing with ongoing and persistent pain.
Intrathecal drug delivery (“pain pump”) is more commonly used for cancer-related pain and delivers the drug directly to the central nervous system (CNS). The intrathecal catheter is typically placed below L1, and depending on the location of interest, the radio-opaque catheter tip is advanced under direct visualization via fluoroscopy to a specific spinal level. It is best to place the catheter at the most optimal anatomical location to cover the patient’s pain.
It is common to place the catheter higher in the intrathecal space than is necessary as the catheter can always be adjusted without unnecessary dural puncture. The system uses a small pump that is surgically placed by your physician under the skin of your abdomen and delivers medication through a catheter to the area around your spinal cord. A pain pump may be a treatment option if all other traditional methods have failed to relieve your long-term symptoms.