An intrathecal pump, or more commonly known as a “pain pump,” is a small device that holds pain medication. This device is surgically implanted, usually along the side of the abdomen or back. A tube is then connected from the device to the spine, allowing medication to be delivered directly to the nerves in the spine. The pump can be programmed to deliver specific concentrations of medications tailored to your chronic pain. The pump is then refilled every few months by inserting a needle through your skin and into the port on top of the chamber.
Patients who are potential candidates for this therapy are those who have side effects to oral medications or for those whose medications and other treatments are no longer working in providing them with adequate pain relief.