Intrathecal Pain Pump Insertion
Intrathecal pain pump insertion is a procedure to help with pain management. A small pump will be inserted in your body. The pump will be able to deliver pain medication to the area around your spinal cord.
This pain management technique is often only used if noninvasive pain management has failed or has negative side effects. An intrathecal pain pump can be used to manage long-term pain problems caused by:
- Failed back or neck surgery
- Compression fractures
- Phantom limb pain
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Arachnoiditis—inflammation of a space around the spinal cord
- Chronic pancreatitis
Many people have a significant reduction in pain and are better able to function in daily life after having an intrathecal pain pump insertion.
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Last reviewedJune 2013by Marcin Chwistek, MD; Brian Randall, MD
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