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Implantable Baclofen Pumps

What is it?

This procedure is performed to implant a drug delivery device for patients who have chronic pain or spasticity.

How it is performed

X-ray guidance is used and sedation is given during this procedure. A catheter is placed in the back and a reservoir is implanted in the fatty tissue of the belly. The reservoir can then be refilled easily and medication can be delivered directly to where it is needed.

What patients are candidates?

Patients with pain or spasticity are candidates.

How long does the procedure take?

45-60 minutes

Recovery

Following the procedure most patients are monitored closely to make sure they are healing well. Oftentimes there is a significant improvement in their pain and/or spasticity.