Pump Implants for Pain in Oklahoma City, OK
If you are suffering from chronic pain, then visit Advanced Pain Management in Oklahoma City, OK. Our professionals are ready to help you treat chronic pain. We are conveniently located at 5252 N Meridian Suite 101, Oklahoma City, OK 73112. For more information, please call us or schedule an appointment online.
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Pain is a broad term that refers to any discomfort, tenderness, soreness or physical suffering caused by an injury or illness. We experience pain on a daily basis, from stubbing a toe to burning our hands in hot water. Pain is the body’s way of telling us that something is not right and that immediate attention and action must be taken. Unfortunately, pain can become less of a warning sign and more of a day-to-day obstruction, interfering with the ability to perform everyday activities.
An implantable pain pump, also known as an intrathecal pain pump, is a surgically implanted device that sits under the skin. It delivers pain medication directly into the intrathecal space—the fluid-filled area around the spinal cord—which prevents spinal pain receptors from sending pain signals to the brain.
Also known as intrathecal therapy, this type of pain management can be used when oral pain medications do not provide sufficient relief or cause severe side effects, such as constipation, nausea, or fatigue. Pain pumps can also help with chronic pain conditions and have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for this use.
If other conventional methods to reduce chronic pain have failed, pain pumps are a valuable treatment option. As the medication is directly delivered to the area in need, medication can be administered in smaller doses when compared to oral medication, and pain is easier to control. By reducing the amount of medication needed to control symptoms, a pain pump is designed to reduce side effects of oral medications. Pain pumps are easy to monitor and can be refilled by inserting a needle into the skin to fill the reservoir. If an individual should ever need to have it removed, pain pumps are 100% reversible.
Pain pumps work by slowly releasing medication over a predetermined period of time. Depending on the patient’s changing needs, it can also be programmed to release different amounts of medication at different times of the day. Doctors can easily review the prescription information as it is stored in the pump’s memory. The administering physician can refill the pump by inserting a needle subcutaneously (under the skin) and into the fill port when the reservoir is empty.
Targeted drug delivery systems have the potential to completely eliminate pain, although individual results will vary. After receiving targeted drug delivery, patients reported a reduction in pain scores:
– At 12 months, 51% of patients completely eliminated other opioid use
– An astonishing 87% of patients rated their quality of life as fair to excellent after targeted drug delivery
– 90% of patients who tried targeted drug delivery therapy would recommend it to a friend or family member
Pain pumps are great treatment options, although they may not be right for everyone. Ideal candidates for pain pumps include those who:
– Have found no relief from conservative therapies
– Would not benefit from undergoing additional surgery
– Have developed a dependency on pain medication
– Have no psychological problems
– Have no preexisting conditions that would interfere with or prevent from undergoing implantation
– Have no allergies to the drugs used
– Have had positive response with trial medication
If you are living with chronic pain and have not found relief from other treatments, come to Advanced Pain Management for a pain pump. Our medical professionals are experienced providers of pain pumps and can help you find relief from your symptoms. Call us today to book an appointment for a pain pump implant, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 5252 N Meridian, Suite 101 Oklahoma City, OK 73112. We serve patients from Oklahoma City OK, Valley Brook OK, Del City OK, Midwest City OK, Nichols Hills OK, Moore OK, and Smith Village OK. We look forward to serving you!