Also known as a “pain pump,” an intrathecal pump implant delivers medications to specific areas where you experience chronic pain. Texas Pain Institute offers intrathecal pump implants for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake, and the nearby areas of Texas.
What is an Intrathecal Pump Implant?
An intrathecal pump implant is an alternative to oral or injectable pain medications that is intended to reduce the side effects of the drugs. The risk of side effects is one of the most common concerns among patients who live with chronic pain, and the delivery of medications in smaller doses minimizes the risk.
What Are the Benefits of an Intrathecal Pump Implant?
The primary benefit of an intrathecal pump implant is that you can manage your pain with lower doses of medications. This may also reduce the risk of unwanted side effects. An intrathecal pump implant may also improve your adherence to medications, as the doses are automatically delivered at the appropriate levels.
Am I a Candidate for an Intrathecal Pump Implant?
An intrathecal pump implant is recommended for patients who are taking prescription pain medications to manage a chronic condition, such as:
- Cancer pain
- Back pain
- Other types of pain conditions
How is an Intrathecal Pump Implant Performed?
An incision is made along your spine to position a small tube at the nerve roots. The tube is fed under the skin to the pump that is placed in the abdominal area.
What is the Recovery Like After an Intrathecal Pump Implant?
You may notice that the intrathecal pump implant manages your pain better than oral and injectable medications. You may have some downtime to allow the incision and implant area to heal. Some patients find that they have improved mobility and fewer other symptoms, such as spasms.
What is the Prognosis After an Intrathecal Pump Implant?
Your intrathecal pump implant may be used on a short-term or long-term basis, depending on the primary treatment that you are receiving for your pain condition. We follow your progress closely to determine if the pump needs to be adjusted to deliver higher or lower doses of the medication. In most cases, patients benefit from lower doses because the medication is delivered directly to the affected nerves and does not have to travel through the bloodstream.
Are you taking medications for chronic pain that have unwanted side effects? Dr. Ved Aggarwal and his team offer intrathecal pump implant procedures for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake, and the surrounding communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.