Implantable Drug Pump Therapy
Implantable drug pump therapy involves using a small, implanted drug pump, which is connected to a catheter carrying medication to the spine. Although they do carry certain risks, implantable drug delivery pumps can be an effective way to help manage pain.
By delivering medications directly, a much lower dose of medication is required to ease pain symptoms. Besides reducing or eliminating the need for oral pain medications, implantable drug pumps also provide a continuous dosage with lower rates of side effects such as nausea, when compared to oral medications. Most patients report a higher quality of life, as they are able to participate more fully in daily activities.
Ideal candidates may include patients with cancer pain, chronic burning nerve pain (known as causalgia or CRPS type II), arachnoiditis (a painful inflammation of the protective layers of the spine), chronic pancreatitis, stroke, brain injury, MS (multiple sclerosis), or cerebral palsy.
Benefits of Implantable Drug Pump Therapy
- Implantable drug pump therapy is considered safe when used as directed
- Reduced dosages of medications with lower associated side effects
- Improved quality of life and high patient satisfaction rates
- Doses can be customized to accommodate changing daily needs
- Allows for a “trial period” in which the effectiveness can be determined without the need for a long-term commitment to this form of treatment
- The therapy is fully reversible and does not involve permanent changes to the nerves or spinal cord
Candidates for implanted pain pump therapy may include:
- Patients with no medical conditions that would interfere with the implantation procedure
- Patients who have had a positive response to the trial dose of medication
- Patients who have not received relief from other therapies
- Patients who are dependent on daily pain medications
- Patients with no allergies to the medication used in the pump
- Patients who are not likely to benefit from other surgical procedures
- Patients with no psychological issues
We offer comprehensive, effective pain relief for patients suffering from a wide range of disorders and conditions. If you would like more information on implanted pain pump therapy or any other form of pain management, call Chicagoland Pain Management Institute in Bolingbrook, IL at (630) 312-4505 or in Hinsdale, IL at (630) 856-6825 or use our convenient online appointment request form.
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