Intrathecal pump implantation

What is it:

An Intrathecal Pump(Spinal Morphine Pump) is a specialized device, which delivers concentrated amounts of medication(s) into spinal cord area via a small catheter (tubing). What is an Intrathecal Pump Implant ("Spinal Morphine Pump")? An Intrathecal Pump is a specialized device, which delivers concentrated amounts of medication(s) into spinal cord area via a small catheter (tubing).

Purpose:

This device delivers concentrated amounts of medication into spinal cord area allowing the patient to decrease or eliminate the need for oral medications. It delivers medication around the clock, thus eliminating or minimizing breakthrough pain and/or other symptoms.

How is it Done:

It is done with the patient lying on the side. Sometimes the tubing is placed with the patient sitting up. The patients are monitored with EKG, blood pressure cuff and blood oxygen-monitoring device. The skin is cleaned with antiseptic solution and then the procedure is carried out. X-ray (fluoroscopy) is used to guide the needle for inserting the tubing.
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