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Can you describe the intrathecal baclofen pump procedure?

Can you describe the intrathecal baclofen pump procedure?

Medtronic website : Your doctor should discuss it with you. The material is also availabe at the website (for patients) and in dvd. ...Read more

Intrathecal (Definition)

Intrathecal is an adjective that refers to something introduced into or occurring in the space under the arachnoid membrane of the brain or spinal cord. Another way the word is used is to refer to an intrathecal injection (often simply called "an intrathecal"). This is an injection into the spinal canal, more specifically into the sub-arachnoid space so that ...Read more


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Can you tell me about intrathecal baclofen pump procedure?

Can you tell me about intrathecal baclofen pump procedure?

A frequent procedure: Baclofen pumps are done frequently by neurosurgeons or pain specialists to help with spasticity (increased tone in the extremities).A spinal catheter is inserted into the lower spine into the lumbar space.This delivers the Baclofen around the nerves.The other end of the catheter is tunneled under the skin around the flank to the site where the pump is implanted usually on the front of the abdomen. ...Read more

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What is a baclofen pump?

What is a baclofen pump?

Baclofen pump: A Baclofen pump is a device that uses an intrathecal (meaning directly into the spinal fluid) method of delivering the medication baclofen. Baclofen is a medication used for spasticity. The pump (surgically placed under skin of the abdomen) stores and releases prescribed amounts of medicine through a catheter. ...Read more

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What is a baclofen pump and how installed?

Infusion pump: The pump is placed in the abdominal wall and the catheter is placed intrathecally in the spine. It delivers the drug according to the needs of the patient. ...Read more

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What are the restrictions when you get a baclofen pump?

What are the restrictions when you get a baclofen pump?

Comments: Since you do not describe the reasons for your question, will be generic. There is a risk of infection, so hygiene is critical. Vigorous sports, and falling could damage or disconnect the pump. Monitoring of whether full enough is important. Side effects may occur such as drowsiness, and driving could be impaired. Discuss further with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the restrictions when you have a baclofen pump?

Not many : Baclofen infusion should help to increase function. Hot tubes and sauna should be avoided. ...Read more

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What are the main restrictions when you have a baclofen pump placed?

Avoid trauma to pump: Normal activity should not bother your pump. Avoid hitting the pump while things are healing up to avoid opening up of the incision or infection. If you notice any fever or drainage from the incisions contact your surgeon. The main concern with the pump is infection initially which would require pump removal. If the pump starts beeping, get it evaluated quickly to avoid Baclofen withdrawal ...Read more

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Can you tell me the restrictions when you have a baclofen pump placed?

Can you tell me the restrictions when you have a baclofen pump placed?

Baclofen pump: Once the pump has been implanted and well healed the restrictions are straightforward - no aggressive contact sports and no high impact sports - having said that most patients that have these pumps placed are likely not doing either. ...Read more

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Would a baclofen pump work in outer space?

No but the person : Would not survive either unless protected in a pressurized environment such as on the space station. Then it would function assuming it could withstand the g or gravity forces necessary to get into space intact -i don't think that was a requirement of the fda to obtain marketing approval. ...Read more

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What is a baclofen pump and how is it put in?

Implanted device: Baclofen pump is used to treat chronic spasticity of lower extremities not treatable with oral medications. The pump is a sophisticated self contained pump that can deliver small volumes of medications (Baclofen in this case) constantly at a programmable rate, into the spinal fluid compartment in the lumbar spine, via a small silastic (plastic tube). Everything is implanted under the skin. ...Read more

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Baclofen (Definition)

Baclofen is used to reduce discomfort related to "muscle spasms" from a variety of causes. It is commonly used to treat spasticity - which is a constant "muscle spasm" commonly associated with prior brain ...Read more


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