Programmable Drug Pumps -
Pain Conditions

If your chronic pain isn’t responding to medication, your doctor may prescribe a programmable implantable drug pump. These  implantable devices send pain medication directly to the fluid around the spinal cord, providing pain relief with a small fraction of the medication needed if taken orally.1-5

For Chronic Back and Leg Pain

Chronic back pain is usually felt in the lower back, but can also extend into your legs or feet. A number of spinal diseases or injuries can trigger chronic back and leg pain. If your pain is severe, our therapies may help you as they have helped more than 250,000 people around the world manage their chronic pain.

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For Painful Neuropathy

Painful neuropathy is a neurological disorder where people experience severe chronic pain due to nerve damage. Nerves connect the spinal cord to the body and help the brain communicate with skin, muscles, and internal organs.

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Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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