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Intrathecal Pain Pump Trials

An intrathecal pain pump is performed to manage and relieve chronic pain. The pump, which is placed under the skin of the abdomen, delivers a targeted dose of pain medication into the spinal cord, while blocking pain signals from being perceived by the brain. This results in the alleviation of your pain. This pain management technique often reduces the amount of medication required to alleviate pain.

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Intrathecal Pain Pump Trials

An intrathecal pain pump is performed to manage and relieve chronic pain. The pump, which is placed under the skin of the abdomen, delivers a targeted dose of pain medication into the spinal cord, while blocking pain signals from being perceived by the brain. This results in the alleviation of your pain. This pain management technique often reduces the amount of medication required to alleviate pain.

Choosing intrathecal pain pump trial is recommended by our doctors at Greater Houston and Greater Victoria Interventional Pain Management as it brings numerous benefits. Here are some of them:

 

  • At least a 50% reduction in pain
  • Improved ability to function in daily activities
  • Potentially reduced side effects compared with oral medications
  • No need to take oral pain medication

How is an intrathecal pump trial done?

It is normal to have many questions before an intrathecal pain pump trial. Our doctors at Interventional Pain Management will guide you in every step and make you feel comfortable. Let’s go over what will happen when you attend your appointment.

  • Firstly, you’ll lie on your stomach on an x-ray table
  • The doctor will numb an area of skin on your back with a local anesthetic 
  • Then, guided by the x-ray, the doctor will insert a thin needle into your back to access the intrathecal space, and inject pain medication
  • Usually the procedure takes less than 15- 20 minutes, and you can go home the same day

After the procedure is completed, you will remain in the post-procedure area and the post-procedure personnel will connect you to a monitor to monitor blood pressure, oxygen saturation, heart rate, and side effects of pain medication for 4-6 hours.

Postoperative staff will also assess the analgesic effect of intrathecal injections while in the postoperative area.

How effective is an intrathecal pump trial injection?

How long the pain relief lasts is different for each person, lasting 4-6 hours or the entire day and then you can return to their normal activities. Intrathecal pain pump trials are among the most successful pain management procedures, with over 85% of patients saying that they would choose it again.

Is an intrathecal pump trial injection right for you?

An intrathecal pump trial injection may be right for you if you have chronic intractable pain, which does not respond to other pain medication. At Greater Houston and Greater Victoria Interventional Pain Management our doctors are prepared to diagnose and treat your pain with the best procedures. Schedule an appointment today and start feeling better.

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