It is higher on my back. It's right above my waistline on the L side. My doctor was apprehensive when I told him I wanted it in my back, rather than my stomach, because he had moved several from the back to the stomach. He said they were in the upper buttocks area and patients were complaining of the pump interfering with their "sitting." But, he and the Medtronic Rep were tickled because they said it fits perfectly in that area and you also don't have to run the catheter from the front to the back, so the catheter length is much shorter. Both said it was the easiest and smoothest implant they'd ever seen. And, I have not once, had an issue with it's placement! It's not as easy to place the PTM back there, then it would be the stomach, but Medtronic will send you an external antenna that plugs into the PTM, so you can hold the PTM in front with the antenna around the back. I find it's easier to use it without, now that I know exactly where to place it. It's never felt wierd, and to be honest, I don't even know it's there! Plus, it is so flat, you don't even notice it. I did, however, have intermittent headaches for about 5-7 days post-op. I just took some ASA and/or generic Excedrin and that made them tolerable. I haven't regretted once the placement area of my pump!! Oh, and I did it on an outpatient basis, with no problems whatsoever! So, far I'm extremely pleased. We've got some adjusting and tweaking to do, but I'm very happy I made this decision! Here in Florida, the opioid laws are very stringent and all of the PM physicians here abide by the CDC's MEDD rule. So, my oral and Fentanyl patch RX's were cut by 60% in a month's time. This is a much easier "route" if you will, with better outcomes and I would recommend it highly!
Best of luck to you!!
May I ask, how is it morally ethical for a doctor to reduce a drug like fentanyl by 60% within a one month's time? What about
first do No harm?? I live each week prior to my PM appt in tremendous anxiety, etc., that something similar may happen to me. Even tho I have a clean urine monthly and have always kept to the contract signed with my physician. Who is going to stand up for those in serious chronic debilitating pain? I know of several individuals who have committed suicide rather than live as they had prior to the reprieve pain mgmt gave them.
I endured nine very, long years in bed while undergoing over 25 abdominal surgeries trying to alleviate my cause of pain, until a surgeon told my husband and I that the next time I was operated on would likely be the last. The surgery that I’ve begged of him, was that he remove all my intestines, all of my female organs, and any other organs that could be safely removed as well. All this I was willing to endure in order to mitigate nine long unrelenting years of pain. He then suggested pain mgmt. Something we had never heard of and no one had ever suggested. Only suggesting MORE SURGERY. In the 15 years since that auspicious appt I have only had one, unrelated surgery. That SHOULD speak volumes. I now know that I WILL NEVER, EVER GO BACK to living the way I did prior.