Tunneling Permanent Intrathecal Catheters
Once the catheter is successfully placed in the spinal canal, the stylet and needle are removed, the purse-string suture is secured, and the anchor is successfully placed, the physician must pass the catheter from the dorsal incision at the spine to the pocket that has been created for the intrathecal pump. The process of tunneling can be simplified as a simple “passage” of the catheter, but the technique is important and when done improperly can lead to a poor outcome.
KeywordsLocal Anesthetic Placement Risk Avoidance Tunneling Device Dorsal Incision Proper Depth
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