Those pumps are a bit different than those typically used to manage opiate meds long term. The ones used to deliver opiate pain meds or baclofen are implanted in the spine and the spinal cord. This one is used to manage post op pain and usually for no more than 72 hours while a patient is in the hospital. Specifically, this article talks about a pain pump that delivers anesthetic medications into a joint after a joint surgery and the damage that it may cause to the cartilage in the joint where the catheter is implanted.
It's still scary, no matter where it causes problems for the patient. Thanks for posting this article, it's good for all of us to keep in mind if we are facing a joint surgery to make sure that we aren't given this type of pump /medication into a joint. I will be making sure that the hand surgeon who does my wrist surgery does not use one on me, that's for sure.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.
Avascular necrosis of left wrist- maybe hips too