Infusion Systems in Central Ohio

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Our compassionate doctors may recommend an infusion system for pain care management. One type of infusion system delivery is intrathecal drug delivery, also known as a "pain pump." It treats pain from a variety of conditions, such as:

  • Chronic back and neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Chronic abdominal pain
  • Pain from failed surgeries
  • Cancer
  • Complex regional pain syndrome

Intravenous (IV) infusion therapy is another drug delivery system to treat a wide range of conditions, such as:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Postherpetic pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • And other pain related to the central nervous system

Lidocaine and ketamine are common local anesthetics administered intravenously and effective in managing chronic pain.

A pain pump is a round, metal device about the size of a hockey puck. The pump is surgically placed under the skin of the abdomen to deliver pain medication through a catheter directly to the spinal cord. The pain pump is then programmed to release medication slowly over some time. It can also release various amounts of medication, depending on a patient's needs, at different times of the day. The pump can be refilled with medication by inserting a needle through the skin and into the port filler on top of the reservoir.

During a lidocaine or ketamine infusion, an IV is placed in the arm or hand, and the medication is slowly infused over 45 – 60 minutes. Our pain care specialists take vitals before the start of the infusion, and anti-anxiety and/or anti-nausea medications may be administered as well. Throughout your infusion, one of our medical assistants will frequently check up on you to ensure that you are not having any side effects and tolerating the infusion. Once your infusion is complete, you will be monitored before being discharged. IV infusions can be repeated as directed by your physician.

Our compassionate pain care physicians are experts in pain management and intrathecal and intravenous therapies and are happy to answer any questions you may have. If you are interested in learning about infusion system therapy, please call Pain Zero in Central Ohio today.

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