About Neurostimulators and Drug Pumps

If your chronic back and leg pain isn’t responding to medication, your doctor may prescribe a neurostimulator or drug pump. These implantable devices are designed to modulate (modify) the pain signals to the brain.

What Are They?

Neurostimulators and drug pumps – are surgically implanted devices that interrupt pain signals before they reach the brain. 

Neurostimulators work by sending mild electrical impulses to the epidural space near the spine. These impulses replace pain with a tingling sensation.

Drug pumps (also called “intrathecal drug delivery systems”) deliver pain medication directly to the fluid around the spinal cord, providing pain relief with a small fraction of the medication needed if taken orally.
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Benefits and Risks

All treatment and outcome results are specific to the individual patient, and will form part of your consultation with your healthcare professional.

Please consult your healthcare professional for a full list of benefits, indications, precautions, clinical results, and other important medical information that pertains to neurostimulators and drug pumps.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn some of the most commonly asked questions about neurostimulators and drug pumps.
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Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 27 Sep 2010

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