Detail - Intrathecal drug delivery
If you and your doctor decide to use a drug pump for cancer pain relief, you will need surgery to implant the system. Before the surgery, you and your doctor will decide where to position the pump for your comfort.
On the day of the surgery, you will receive local or general anaesthesia. Once you are "under" the anaesthetic, your surgeon will:
Once the pump and catheter are in place, the incisions are closed and the surgery is complete. The length of your hospital stay will vary depending on your doctor's preference and hospital procedures.
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