Pocketing for Intrathecal Drug Delivery Systems

  • Timothy R. Deer
  • C. Douglas Stewart


The focus of much of the implantation of the intrathecal pump is on the proper delivery of the catheter to the spinal fluid and the subsequent anchoring and tunneling. Many critical aspects also exist for creating a pump pocket. These points will be examined in this chapter.


Tissue Pressure Risk Avoidance Surgical Tape Chronic Skin Disease Abdominal Binder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Pain ReliefCharlestonUSA

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