A pain pump is an device that delivers pain medication into the spinal intrathecal space. The pain medication acts directly on the pain receptors located in the spinal cord to significantly reduce or eliminate pain due to a chronic condition. The therapy is a two staged therapy of which the first is a trial or test procedure to insure the patient achieves the desired level of pain relief. Once the test procedure is successfully completed the next step is the implant of the pain pump. This is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure for which there is little recovery time. It may take time, up to a few weeks, before you see the potential benefits of drug delivery therapy.
The benefits of pain pump therapy compared to oral pain medication include significantly better control of pain at minimal doses, reduction of undesired effects of medications (such as drowsiness, constipation, etc.), little to no effects on organs and significantly improved levels of functioning.
What is spinal cord stimulation? Spinal cord stimulation is a therapeutic procedure to relieve chronic pain conditions from people who have failed back surgery syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, chronic neck and back pain, sciatic, complex regional pain syndrome among many other nerve related pain conditions.
SCS delivers low-level electrical signals to the spinal cord or to specific nerves to block pain signals from reaching the brain. A spinal cord stimulator (SCS) device is surgically placed under your skin and sends a mild electric current to your spinal cord. The implant is done as an outpatient procedure which is completed in 35 - 45 minutes. Recovery time is minimal. Unlike most surgical procedures, spinal cord stimulation therapy is reversible. If a person decides at any time to discontinue the therapy, the electrical contacts, wires, and generator can all be removed and there are no permanent changes to the spine. At the Orthopaedic & Spine Center we use the latest technology in SCS from Medtronic, Nuvectra & St Jude.
The StimQ PNS (Peripheral Nerve Stimulator) System treats chronic pain by targeting the peripheral nerve causing the chronic pain directly. The device is inserted through a needle sized incision, and can be placed to stimulate any peripheral nerve below the neck. The StimQ PNS System virtually eliminated the risk associated with implanted batteries and having toxic materials in your body. Pain relief can be achieved with a wireless miniature stimulator. Insurance payors require a trial to be performed before the device is implanted permanently to determine if it is effective for your pain relief.