If you have tried many pain-relief methods without success, an intrathecal pump implant can help you achieve the long-term pain relief that you are looking for. At Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates, we offer this effective treatment, and many others, to the men and women living in Atlanta, Alpharetta, and Sandy Springs.
What is an Intrathecal Pump Implant?
An intrathecal pump implant, or “pain pump implant,” delivers medication directly into your spinal cord, and is often recommended when all other traditional methods fail to provide long-term relief. Pain pump implants are performed at Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates in Atlanta, Georgia.
The intrathecal pump implant is surgically implanted below the skin of your abdomen and administers medication through a catheter to the area around your spinal cord. The pain pump can control your symptoms with a much smaller, consistent dose than would be needed with oral medication.
How Does the Intrathecal Pump Implant Work?
The pump delivers medicine directly into the fluid-filled space around your spinal cord (subarachnoid or intrathecal space). Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flows through this area to protect your brain and spinal cord. The medicine enters the CSF without having to travel through your body as an oral medication would. In fact, you need about 1/300 the amount of medication with a pump as you would when it is taken orally.
A small round metal device, the pump is connected to a catheter (small plastic tube), which is surgically placed in the intrathecal space of the spine. The reservoir inside the pump holds the medication.
The pump slowly releases medication over a period of time. It can even be programmed to release different amounts at different times of the day, depending on your needs. The pump stores information about your prescription in its memory. Once the reservoir is low, your physician will refill the pump by inserting a needle through your skin and into the fill port on top of the reservoir.
The procedure, available at Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates in Atlanta, Georgia, is entirely reversible should you wish to have the pump removed.
Are You a Candidate for an Intrathecal Pump Implant?
Doctors at Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates may recommend a pain pump when you meet the following criteria:
- Conservative therapies have failed.
- You won’t benefit from additional surgery.
- You have become dependent on pain medication.
- You have no psychological problems.
- You have no medical condition that would prevent implantation.
- You are not allergic to the medications in the pump.
- You had a positive response to a trial dose of the medication.
A pump can relieve chronic pain caused by:
- Failed back surgery syndrome
- Cancer pain
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
- Chronic pancreatitis
During your visit to Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates in Atlanta, Georgia, your doctor will review your medical history and complete a thorough exam before recommending an intrathecal pump implant.
If you think you are a good candidate for an intrathecal pump implant or would like to learn more, contact our office today. Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates offers advanced pain treatment solutions to the residents of Atlanta, Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, and the neighboring areas of Georgia.