Is Intrathecal pump therapy an option for your chronic pain? From the expert advice of Dr. Zaki Anwer, MD

If you are living with a terrible pain that hasn’t responded to typical, yet more conservative pain treatments or surgery, an Intrathecal pump implant may be the best option for you. As the pump is more efficient than pills for relieving your pain, it’s an invasive proceduresays Dr Zaki Anwer, MD

At the Pain Management Institute, Dr. Zaki Anwer, MD, explains “The Intrathecal pump isn’t any my first choice. I try the less invasive options first, if you respond to them, there’s no need to look for other alternatives”

It’s Not for Everyone

The most appropriate candidates for the Intrathecal pump might be the ones suffering from acute cancer pain or inoperable chronic pain. Other candidates are those with hallmarks of cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis. You need pain relief because you are left with very less options to adjust the source of your pain, hence the treatment involves pain management.

The pump delivers pain medications to the point where it is required. The device is a hockey puck sized, inserted under your skin in an introvert place such as in your abdomen or over your buttocks. A catheter is stretched out from the Intrathecal pain pump, to the area from where your pain originates, typically next to the spinal cord. The Intrathecal pain pump  serves  pain relief by small amount of medications through the catheter at frequent mean times

How the Intrathecal Pump Implant Works

Dr Zaki Anwer explains the procedure of implanting the Intrathecal pump

The pain pump is devised with a reservoir containing medication that stops the pain signal from extending to your brain. I place the catheter surgically, only if you have responded well to the trial, justifying that the catheter is in the proper place and the medication is efficient.

If not required, the pump can be removed, but the catheter is non removable. Since the Intrathecal pump delivers medication straight to your spine, it only requires a very small amount. The medication reservoir lasts for 30 to 90 days depending on the medication and your dosage.

I will refill the pump by inserting a needle through your skin straight to the reservoir, within a span of 30 minutes.

The pump is implanted on an outpatient basis, during the procedure you will be given a local anesthetic. Soon after the procedure I advise you to rest for a couple of days, as the minor cut will heal over time. However, the pump will start working immediately, so you may get instant relief from chronic back pain