Intrathecal Pump Therapy – BZ Pain

Intrathecal Pump Therapy

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Understanding Intrathecal Pump Therapy

If pain has become so disrupting and does not respond to other treatment methods, an intrathecal pump may help. Contact BZ Pain in Beverly Hills, CA, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Zarrini.

What It Is

An intrathecal pump is a small pump that is used to deliver pain medication into your spinal cord. It is implanted surgically just under the skin of your abdomen. Implanted tubing runs from the pump to the spinal cord, specifically into the intrathecal space between your spinal cord and its membrane cover.

Candidacy for Therapy

You may be a candidate for an intrathecal pump if you meet certain criteria. Ideal candidates have had repeatedly unsuccessful treatment through numerous other methods and would not benefit from surgery. A pump can lessen chronic pain caused by:

Cancer Pain
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
Causalgia
Arachnoiditis
Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
Chronic pancreatitis

Life After Implantation

Immediately following your procedure, you will have a 10-15 day recovery period. You can return to work after a day or two. You will need to limit activity, including bending, twisting, or lifting anything that weighs more than 10 pounds. Your doctor will schedule refill appointments every four to six weeks to refill the medication in your pump and provide pump reprogramming.

Intrathecal pump therapy has the potential to increase your quality of life, beyond pain relief. Increased mobility and a reduction in sleep issues are often reported as the best benefits of intrathecal pumps. This therapy can also reduce medication dosages and their side effects, as it uses smaller dosages of medication than their oral counterparts.