What is an Intrathecal Pump?
An intrathecal pump allows you to apply the medication directly to your spinal cord. A small pump is surgically inserted underneath your skin in your abdomen. Via a catheter, it delivers pain medication to the area around your spinal cord. It is similar to an epidural that some women opt for during childbirth.
An intrathecal pump may be a good treatment option for you, especially if you have tried conservative or traditional pain treatment methods and they have failed. There are a lot of benefits to using an intrathecal pump. For example, since the pain medication is being delivered directly to your spine, a smaller dose is required than what you would take with oral medicine. There is also a reduction in side effects.