Intrathecal Pump Implants (or Spine Pain Pumps)

The Center for Pain Management uses intrathecal pump implants (or spine pain pumps) as a pain management treatment option to relieve chronic back pain. Intrathecal pumps are mechanical devices that deliver medications directly into a particular area of the spinal cord. Intrathecal pump implants consist of a computerized pain pump, a catheter and a reservoir. The reservoir of the spine pump implants can be filled with any of a host of pain medications.

Studies show fewer side effects with intrathecal opioids than with oral medication. Drowsiness is improved, as are constipation and nausea. Improvement in pain control is particularly effective with multiple medications aimed at different parts of the pain control system. However, intrathecal medication delivery also has its drawbacks, including functional and aesthetic pitfalls to consider. Spine pump implantation causes significant cosmetic alteration at the implant site which is unacceptable to many patients. Also, a pump is a mechanical device that is prone to problems ranging from glitches and mechanical compromise, to total mechanical failure. If a patient with a pump is in an accident, the pump can stop working and the catheter can be displaced. Emergency room physicians and personnel are usually not well versed in how to deal with pump patients.

While statistically it appears that oral delivery is just as effective as intrathecal delivery, it appears that for patients who have failed oral opioid treatment or received only limited benefit, a pump may prove more effective. If so, then the use of intrathecal opioids may prove to be more effective for the individual patient.

Updates + Announcements

Labor Day Schedule: All Offices Will Be CLOSED Monday, September 4

All of the Center for Pain Management’s locations will be CLOSED on Monday, September 4, 2017 in observance of Labor Day. We will re-open Tuesday, September 5 and operate during regular office hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. If you…
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Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship

The Center for Pain Management is seeking qualified candidates for its 12-month Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship. This is a salaried, non-ACGME accredited training program for individuals interested in pursuing a career in clinical practice. Fellows will be trained and become…
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You’d be surprised how many dangers await you this summer vacation, excluding the risk of poison ivy, bug bites and sunburns! We’ve compiled a list of activities, destinations and surprising culprits that cause the most common summer vacation injuries (many…
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Meet Dr. Scott Kim, MD – Anesthesiologist + Pain Management Physician

Dr. Scott Kim, MD is a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain management specialist. He has notable expertise in a wide range of interventional medical procedures for treating acute and chronic pain conditions. Learn More About Dr. Scott Kim, MD at the…
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Center for Pain Management in Lafayette, Indiana is Now Open & Accepting New Patients

We are proud to announce the opening of a new location. The Center for Pain Management in Lafayette, Indiana (formerly known as Innovations Pain Management  Group) is open and accepting new patients. This state-of-the art 4,000 square-foot pain care center…
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