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internal pain pump?

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Hi Everyone,
I hope you're enjoying a great 4th of July!
My surgeon mentioned an internal pain pump that could be placed during surgery that would disperse pain medication evenly 24 hours per day.
Has anyone heard of this or ever had one?

alta29's picture
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Joined: Mar 2005

Just had it last week....worked pretty well for me !!! Good luck !

KathiM's picture
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Wow, Jamie...what WILL they think of NEXT???

Never had the pleasure...as a result, my pain management was like the tides...eb and flow...sigh...

Being a 'pain hero' is NEVER a good idea...sounds like this is the answer!!!!

Hugs, Kathi

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Hi Jamie,
Sounds too cool!! I've never heard of it. I've had epidurals and patient controlled pumps. I hope the internal pump works well and keeps you pain free. What day next week is your surgery??
I hope you're having a great 4th of July!
Rob; in Vancouver

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Joined: Aug 2004

Hi Jamie, I only had the epidural, but can tell you it was wonderful. I was able to walk the halls the next morning w/o any pain. Hope this pain "pump" works just as well for you. Wishing you an uneventful surgery and Godspeed recovery.
I had the epidural for 5 days after colon resect, and 4 days after liver.


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My son had a Medtronics pain pump surgically implanted and it worked wonders. I believe that this option is not available unless your pain management cannot be controlled by oral drugs. I think the site for Medtronics is www.medtronics.com. Also there is a yahoo group called the pumpsters, who are not cancer patients, just chronic pain patients who have the pump.

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