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Intrathecal Catheter and Infusion Pump Placement

Posted On: 06-24-2015
Intrathecal Catheter and Infusion Pump Placement

What is Intrathecal Catheter and Infusion Pump Placement?

During intrathecal catheter and infusion pump placement, a catheter is inserted into the spinal fluid in the lumbar region. The catheter is then connected to a pump under the abdominal skin that delivers medication to the catheter.

Also Known As:

  • Spine surgery
  • Pain management
  • Intrathecal catheter placement

Conditions Treated with Intrathecal Catheter and Infusion Pump Placement:

Intrathecal catheter and infusion pump placement is performed in order to control chronic pain. It can also be used in cases of multiple sclerosis and spasticity.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Intrathecal Catheter and Infusion Pump Placement:

Pain medication is a non-surgical alternative to intrathecal catheter and infusion pump placement. There are no comparable surgical alternatives to the procedure.

Anesthesia with Intrathecal Catheter and Infusion Pump Placement:

Intrathecal catheter and infusion pump placement is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Intrathecal Catheter and Infusion Pump Placement:

Possible risks following intrathecal catheter and infusion pump placement include infection and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible for pain or spasticity not to be controlled and for the pump or catheter to become displaced.

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