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With targeted drug delivery, a pain pump delivers pain medication directly to the fluid around the spinal cord. This may result in effective pain relief at lower doses and with fewer side effects compared to oral medications, which go through your circulatory system.
A targeted drug delivery system delivers pain medication directly to the fluid around the spinal cord, in an area called the intrathecal space.
The system includes a drug pump that is connected to a thin, flexible tube called a catheter. Both the pump and the catheter are fully implanted under the skin.
Because the pump releases medication directly to the pain receptors near the spine instead of going through your circulatory system, pain relief can be achieved with a small fraction of the oral medication dose.1-3
Watch what happens when you take a pill by mouth.
Studies have also reported that targeted drug delivery provided pain relief in many patients who could not achieve adequate control even with high doses of oral pain medications.2
See how targeted drug delivery is precise and targeted.
Realistic expectations are essential to satisfaction with any pain treatment. Targeted drug delivery cannot eliminate the source of your pain or cure any underlying disease, but it may help to better manage your pain.
Wondering what targeted drug delivery feels like? Talk with one of our ambassadors, who has a pain pump and has volunteered to share his or her experience.
Targeted drug delivery uses the Medtronic SynchroMed® II infusion system, which includes several components:
The SynchroMed® II pump is implanted just under the skin of the abdomen. Your doctor will work with you to ensure that it is comfortable and does not interfere with your movements.
During the surgery, your doctor fills the pump with pain medication. The pump sends the medication through the catheter to the spinal area where pain receptors are located. You return to your doctor’s office for more medicine when the pump needs to be refilled.
The SynchroMed® II system is programmable, allowing doses to be scheduled and adjusted by your doctor to ensure that you receive the best pain relief possible.
You can try targeted drug delivery during a screening test before deciding if it’s the right long-term choice for you.