Intrathecal pump therapy reduces pain by delivering medication directly to the source of pain surrounding the spinal cord, thus requiring much smaller doses of medication for relief.
How It’s Performed
A pump and catheter are surgically implanted beneath the skin by an IPI physician. The pump, implanted in the abdominal area, is connected to the catheter, which is tunneled under the skin to the specific site where the medication is needed.
Candidates For This Procedure
Patients who have intractable cancer pain or have profound side effects from their pain medications.
How Long It Takes
One and one half to two hours for the surgical procedure.
May require a brief hospital stay.
By delivering medication directly to the source of the pain, less medication is used and, thus, patients experience less side effects associated with pain medication. Additionally, pain relief is more profound.