A baclofen pump system includes a programmable pump and catheter that are surgically placed, usually just under the skin of the abdomen. The system delivers a liquid form of the drug baclofen directly to the fluid around the spinal cord, where it's needed most.
Most people report that the pump is not uncomfortable or restrictive, and does not interfere with their movement. Depending on your build, it may not show at all under regular clothes.
Because the drug is delivered directly to the spinal fluid where it is needed, only minimal amounts circulate in the blood throughout the body. This helps minimise the possible side effects that can accompany oral baclofen.
While a baclofen pump (ITB therapy) won't eliminate the primary source of your condition or cure your disease, it may help you manage your severe spasticity and might allow you to participate in daily activities that have become difficult or impossible.
Only your doctor can determine whether you are a candidate for a pump. Candidates must:
In addition, healthcare professionals may use the following criteria to determine if you are a candidate for ITB therapy:
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