A pain pump will allow pain medication to get to the site of the pain directly, whenever it is needed. Also known as an intrathecal pump implant, a pain pump is the size of a hockey puck. It’s inserted under the skin and stops pain signals from reaching the brain.
A trial pain pump will be placed first. The doctor will want to see how the patient responds to the treatment before committing to it long term.
During this procedure, the patient is given local anesthesia and the catheter is connected to a temporary pump. If the temporary implant is successful and the pain decreases, a permanent pump will be implanted.