An intrathecal pain pump is a device that delivers medicine to the spine in order to reduce or relieve pain. This type of treatment has been shown to be effective in relieving different types of pain while minimising or completely avoid undesirable side effects of narcotics such as drowsiness, nausea, vomiting , itching and constipation. An intrathecal pain pump generally provides better results than oral medication since it targets the pain signals directly.
An intrathecal pain pump runs on a battery that ensures a steady flow of medicine to the affected area. The batteries in these pumps typically last for several years, but they should be replaced with brand new ones every 5-7 years. Patients who have one of these systems see Dr. Adebayo regularly in order to have medication refills done on a regular basis. The results from this type of treatment vary from person to person based on which condition is being treated and how severe it is.
An intrathecal pain pump has many possible uses for easing chronic pain. It has been used to treat chronic pain caused by cancer, inflammation in the spinal meninges, chronic pancreatitis, and failed back surgery syndrome. This type of therapy can also be used for chronic pain in patients with pain caused by peripheral nerve damage and reflex sympathetic dystrophy.
Intrathecal pain pump use has been considered safe for many individuals. There are certain risks associated with it, although these are relatively rare and typically mild. Potential risks include excessive bleeding or infections. Other possible risks include nausea, vomiting, constipation, depression, and headaches.
Those with chronic pain can benefit from the relief that an intrathecal pain pump provides, but certain individuals might not be considered good candidates for it. Suitable candidates include patients who have tried other forms of treatment with no success and don’t have allergies to drugs used in intrathecal pain pumps. Suitable candidates should also have no dependency on pain medications and no underlying conditions that would make the implantation process dangerous or unsafe.
At Arizona Pain Consultants, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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