Intrathecal Pump for Cancer Pain?
An intrathecal pump is a small device that delivers medication directly into the spinal cord, where pain signals are transmitted to the brain. The pump is implanted under the skin and connected to a catheter that is inserted into the spinal cord. It is a safe and effective therapeutic option for patients with cancer pain.
In cancer patients with chronic pain, an intrathecal pump can help manage pain by delivering a continuous dose of pain medication, such as opioids or local anesthetics, directly to the spinal cord. By delivering medication directly to the site of pain transmission, the pump can achieve better pain relief with smaller doses of medication and fewer side effects compared to oral medication.
An intrathecal pump can be programmed to allow a patient to control their pain medication in a few different ways:
1. Patient-controlled analgesia (PCA): With PCA, the patient can press a button on a handheld device to deliver a pre-set dose of medication on demand. This allows patients to manage breakthrough pain without having to wait for a healthcare provider to adjust the medication.
2. Bolus dosing: With bolus dosing, the intrathecal pump can be programmed to deliver a pre-set dose of medication at regular intervals, such as every hour. The patient can also be given a handheld device to deliver an additional bolus dose if needed.
3. Continuous infusion with dose adjustment: With continuous infusion, the pump delivers a steady dose of medication around the clock. However, the patient may be given a handheld device to adjust the dose as needed, such as during periods of increased pain or activity.
Proper use of the intrathecal pump can provide patients with greater control over their pain management and improve their quality of life.
Call APICO Pain Management today to see Rany Abdallah MD, PhD,. MBA at 855-932-7426 and find out if an intrathecal pump can help mange your cancer pain.
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