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Intrathecal Pain Pump Insertion
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Intrathecal Pain Pump Insertion Side Effects and Warnings

Written by FoundHealth.

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a pump inserted, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Spinal headaches
  • Catheter tube becomes blocked and stops working
  • Side effects from the pain medicine
  • Pump-related complications
  • Nerve injury

Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Psychological problems
  • Active infection
  • Allergy or intolerance to the pain medicine or materials being used
  • Bleeding disorders, concurrent anticoagulation therapy

Call Your Doctor

After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Redness, swelling, pain, or discharge around an incision site
  • Uncontrolled pain or pain that is progressively getting worse
  • Sudden back pain
  • Opioid withdrawal symptoms: rapid breathing, perspiration, runny nose, agitation, increased heart rate, fever, tremors, muscle twitching, aching muscles, loss of appetite, abdominal cramps, diarrhea
  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Loss of bowel or bladder function
  • Headache lasting longer than 48 hours
  • Beeping noises from pump
  • Sudden onset of leg weakness and spasm
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain

In case of an emergency, CALL 911.



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