Intrathecal Pump Implant



An intrathecal pump implant is a direct delivery system for pain medication. Also known as a pain pump, this technique transmits medication directly to the spinal cord. The tiny device is placed in the abdominal area via surgical procedure, providing steady medication to the spinal cord through the use of a catheter. If all other pain management options have been tried and have failed, an intrathecal pain pump can be a realistic option.

An intrathecal pump implant allows for the direct delivery of medication to the spinal cord, resulting in the management of pain or other symptoms with less dosage than when taken orally. In fact, a pain pump often results in the reduction of needing oral medications. The reason medication delivered through an intrathecal pump implant is more effective is that the pump delivers medicine straight to the space that surrounds the spinal cord. Fluid known as cerebrospinal fluid circulates through this space, protecting the brain and the spinal nerves.

The pain pump itself is a round metal mechanism approximately the size of a hockey puck. Dr Neeraj Jain, M.D., surgically implants the pump beneath the abdomen’s skin. Within the pump is a reservoir that contains the medication. The intrathecal pump implant releases the medicine gradually over a period of time. The pump is fully programmable, and can be set to deliver medication at specific times over the course of the day.


This device is designed for people who have exhausted other pain management treatments or therapy. It can also be beneficial to those who have undergone surgical procedures for pain management but have found no relief. Other considerations for deciding if someone is eligible for a pump include:

  • People who must depend daily on pain medication
  • Those who don’t suffer from any psychological conditions
  • People who do not have any medical condition that may cause an obstruction during the implantation procedure
  • People with no known allergies to the types of medication that would be delivered by a pain pump
  • Those who respond positively to the trial medication


A comprehensive variety of therapeutic methods is all part of our multi-disciplinary approach in pain management. The fields of psychology, physical therapy and chiropractics are all at our disposal in developing the very best management program for your pain. Peace of mind, encouragement and hope are all critical in pain management. And that’s why, in addition to the best medical and therapeutic techniques at our disposal, we tailor a pain management plan to your unique situation.

At Pinnacle Pain Management, our priority is returning you to a better quality of life. We have many convenient locations to serve you in the Greater Chicago Area. If you’re wondering if an intrathecal pump implant is right for your pain management, call (630) 794-9999 or use our Contact Us Page to find the location nearest you.

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