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.