Intrathecal Morphine Pain Pump Implant
For Leg And Back Pain Relief Caused By Failed Back Syndrome
Back and leg pain often have causes which either improve on their own or which the surgeon can correct (such as pressure on the nerve roots). Sometimes there is no easily correctable cause of the pain. Scar tissue around the nerve or chronic inflammation of the nerves such as arachnoiditis may cause leg and back pain.
When the neurosurgeon feels that an open surgery to decompress the nerves is unlikely to help the pain, an operation to implant an intrathecal pain pump may be of benefit. The pain pump allows the delivery of medication directly into the spinal fluid which bathes the nerves. This allows a much lower dose of the medication to be given to the patient than would otherwise be required if the patient were to take the medication by mouth. The medication is delivered from a reservoir which is implanted under the skin.