An intrathecal pump implant, or “pain pump implant,” delivers medication directly into your spinal cord, and is often recommended when all other traditional methods fail to provide long-term relief. Pain pump implants are performed at Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates in Atlanta, Georgia.

The intrathecal pump implant is surgically implanted below the skin of your abdomen and administers medication through a catheter to the area around your spinal cord. The pain pump can control your symptoms with a much smaller consistent dose than would be needed with oral medication.

How does the intrathecal pump implant work?
The pump delivers medicine directly into the fluid-filled space around your spinal cord (subarachnoid or intrathecal space). Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flows through this area to protect your brain and spinal cord. The medicine enters the CSF without having to travel through your body as an oral medication would. In fact, you need about 1/300 the amount of medication with a pump as you would when it is taken orally.

A small round metal device, the pump is connected to a catheter (small plastic tube) which is surgically placed in the intrathecal space of the spine. The reservoir inside the pump holds the medication.

The pump slowly releases medication over a period of time. It can even be programmed to release different amounts at different times of the day, depending on your needs. The pump stores information about your prescription in its memory. Once the reservoir is low, your physician will refill the pump by inserting a needle through your skin and into the fill port on top of the reservoir.

The procedure, available at Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates in Atlanta, Georgia, is entirely reversible should you wish to have the pump removed.

Are you a candidate for an intrathecal pump implant?

Doctors at Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates may recommend a pain pump when you meet the following criteria:

  • Conservatives therapies have failed.
  • You won’t benefit from additional surgery.
  • You have become dependent on pain medication.
  • You have no psychological problems.
  • You have no medical condition that would prevent implantation.
  • You are not allergic to the medications in the pump.
  • You had a positive response with a trial dose of the medication.
  • A pump can relieve chronic pain caused by:

  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Cancer pain
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
  • Causalgia
  • Arachnoiditis
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • During your visit to Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates in Atlanta, Georgia, your doctor will review your medical history and complete a throughout exam before recommending an intrathecal pump implant.

    Call (770) 558-8501 to find out if this pain relief procedure can provide the long term pain relief you need.