A drug pump (intrathecal drug delivery system) is designed to reduce chronic pain by delivering pain medication to the intrathecal space that surrounds the spinal cord. Because this treatment delivers pain medication directly to the pain receptors near the spinal cord, smaller doses of medication are required to gain relief from painful neuropathy.1-5
The spinal cord is like a highway for pain signals going to the brain. Because the pump sends medication directly to the area around the spinal cord, it interrupts pain signals before they reach the brain. Results may vary depending upon the individual.
Talk to your doctor to determine what kinds of pain treatments may work for you. The choice of treatment depends on the type of pain, how severe it is, and how you respond to your pain treatment. If your doctor thinks you are a good candidate for a drug pump, you can complete a screening test so that you can experience the therapy to see if you are a good candidate.
Typically, people who do not get adequate pain relief from oral medications get significant relief from drug delivery treatment.1-5 Drug delivery treatment does not eliminate the source of the pain, so the amount of pain relief varies from person to person.
Your pump will not provide relief from other types of pain such as headaches, stomachaches, or fractures.
The surgery to implant the system takes approximately 1 to 3 hours and requires a hospital stay.
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.