Intrathecal Pump Refills

  • Timothy R. Deer


Physicians spend a great deal of time and effort in training and continuing education to learn how to place intrathecal catheters and intrathecal pumps. In a perfect setting, the pump is placed without incident, the patient does well on a continuing basis, and the pump must be refilled at regular intervals. Many implanting doctors spend little or no time in training to learn the refill technique. While this procedure seems limited in technical difficulty, and lacking in excitement, it is very important for the continued desired outcome of acceptable pain relief and absence of complications. Vigilance is an essential part of this simple, but essential part of intrathecal drug delivery and care.


Reservoir Volume Perfect Setting Intrathecal Catheter Risk Avoidance Micropore Filter 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Pain ReliefCharlestonUSA

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