Intrathecal Pain Pump Insertion

(Pain Pump Insertion)

Definition

Intrathecal pain pump insertion is a procedure to help with pain management. A small pump will be inserted in your body. The pump will be able to deliver pain medication to the area around your spinal cord.

Reasons for Procedure

This pain management technique is often only used if noninvasive pain management has failed or has negative side effects. An intrathecal pain pump can be used to manage long-term pain problems caused by:Many people have a significant reduction in pain and are better able to function in daily life after having an intrathecal pain pump insertion.
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Possible Complications

Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems like:
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Spinal headaches
  • Catheter tube becomes blocked and stops working
  • Side effects from the pain medication
  • Pump-related complications
  • Nerve injury
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
  • Active infection
  • Allergy or intolerance to the pain medication or materials being used
  • Bleeding disorders, concurrent anticoagulation therapy
  • Psychological problems

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