What is an Intrathecal Drug Pump Implant?
Commonly known as a “pain pump”, it is a device that delivers small quantities of pain medication such as morphine or baclofen, directly to the spinal fluid. When delivered in small doses, pain medications may minimize the side effects often experienced with larger oral doses of the same medications.
A pump can lessen the pain associated with failed back surgery, cancer, or nerve pain. It can also reduce spasticity, or muscle rigidity, in patients with:
- Cerebral palsy
- Multiple sclerosis
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
Chronic pain patients may experience a reduction in pain as well as an overall improvement in activities of daily living, and patients with spasticity may see a reduction in rigidity and muscle spasms. Oral medications and their side effects are greatly reduced because the medication in the pump is delivered directly to the spinal cord, so much smaller doses are needed.
Requires a hospital visit