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Intra-thecal Pain Pump

Intra-thecal Pain Pump services offered in Greenwood Village and Windsor, CO

Intra-thecal Pain Pump

About Intra-thecal Pain Pump

If you have chronic pain that defies your attempts to find relief, an intrathecal pain pump may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Your interventional radiologist at RIA Endovascular in Windsor, Colorado, offers implantation of intrathecal pain pumps via a simple outpatient procedure at the hospital. This procedure can relieve chronic pain or cancer pain and restore your quality of life. To learn more, reach out to the nearest office or book a consultation online today.

Intra-thecal Pain Pump Q&A

What is an intrathecal pain pump?

Many types of chronic pain or cancer-related pain resist therapies, but intrathecal pain pumps can deliver small, concentrated doses of medications directly to the affected nerves in the spinal cord. 

Your provider implants these small devices under your skin, and a catheter runs from the device to the space inside your spine that contains the nerves and spinal cord (the intrathecal space).

Pain pumps are programmed to deliver medication according to your needs, and due to the direct delivery method, your medication can be more effective with smaller doses. This improves your results while reducing your risk of adverse side effects.

Am I eligible for an intrathecal pain pump?

You may be a good candidate for this procedure if:

  • Conservative pain therapies have been unsuccessful
  • You need pain medications
  • No medical conditions prevent implantation of the device
  • You aren’t allergic to any of the drugs the pump uses
  • You’ve responded positively to trial doses of the pain medication

Intrathecal pain pumps are an FDA-approved solution in cases where other treatments have failed to relieve chronic pain.

What can I expect during and after placement of an intrathecal pain pump?

Your provider lets you know of any steps necessary to prepare. The procedure typically takes 3-4 hours and involves first placing the catheter precisely into the intrathecal space and then installing the pain pump. Because you’re likely to be anesthetized, arrange for a ride home.

Be patient with yourself as you recover. Follow your provider's instructions, avoid strenuous activity for several weeks, and steer clear of alcohol.

As with other medications, you need to schedule refills with your surgeon or a pain management specialist. They assess your condition at these appointments and can adjust your pump accordingly.

Let your provider know if you feel your dosage is ineffective or if you experience any unusual symptoms. If you travel, remember to fly with your medical implant ID card or request TSA accommodation, such as a pat-down screening instead of going through the metal detector.

If you decide, for any reason, to have the pump removed, the procedure is completely reversible. Conversely, the device is long-lasting but needs a battery replacement every 5-7 years.

Call RIA Endovascular today or book a consultation online to learn more about how an intrathecal pain pump can improve your quality of life.