An Intrathecal Pump (aka Spinal Pump, Cancer Pain Pump) is an implanted device with a reservoir of medications that are infused directly into the spinal fluid. This device bathes the spinal cord and nerves with a medication that has been chosen and tailored to your specific pain needs. The on-board computer is programmable and medication doses can be adjusted as your needs change.
The surgery to implant this device is similar to a pacemaker implant, which is tolerated well by most patients. The most common Intrathecal Pumps are MRI safe (ask our doctors). The medication is refilled by accessing the pump reservoir using ultrasound guidance. This can be done in our office and usually occurs every 3 months.
One of our providers was involved with the original research for evaluating intrathecal pumps for pain outcomes which showed:
Patients experienced a higher quality of life.
Patients had fewer medication side effects.
Patients had lower pain levels.
Here is a link to the Medtronic Intrathecal Pump for more information.
Also here is the manufacturer's information on what to expect.
Our doctors are dedicated to the relief of cancer pain.
Please schedule a consultation with one of our providers to see if this is an option for you.