Daily Living - ITB Therapy

While ITB TherapyTM using a Medtronic programmable pump can help improve your severe spasticity through medication, you play an important role in your own treatment.

The following guidelines will help you maximise the benefit from your pump:

  • Always keep your follow-up and refill appointments
  • Tell your doctor if you don’t feel well, or are having problems with the pump
  • Immediately notify your doctor if you hear a pump alarm
  • Learn the programmable pump name (SynchroMedTM II) and model number and the name of the medication used in the pump. You can obtain a Patient ID Card for your reference and safety.
  • Make sure your family and friends know about the pump, so they can help in an emergency

Exercise and Daily Activities

Your doctor may recommend that you restrict activity for 6 to 8 weeks after your surgery As you become more active, discuss your level and type of activity with your doctor. Follow his or her suggestions about work, travel, recreation, hobbies, and exercise.

Talk with your doctor if you perform any excessive or repetitive activities that may damage your programmable pump and catheter. Certain activities that can increase or decrease the flow rate of your pump are also potentially dangerous.


Tell your doctor if you plan to travel. If necessary, he or she will adjust your pump refills to prevent any problems that may arise from a travel-related change in your treatment.

People who live or travel at high altitudes are often exposed to lower air pressures for long periods of time. This continued exposure can increase the flow rate of the pump. If your doctor determines an increase in flow rate might pose a significant risk to you, he or she can adjust your infusion prescription accordingly.

Medical and Dental Procedures

Tell your doctors and your dentist about your Medtronic ITB Therapy before you have any medical or dental procedures. Certain procedures could affect your safety or the performance of the pump.

Electromagnetic Compatibility

Electromagnetic interference from sources such as diagnostic ultrasound, cellular phones and microwave ovens is unlikely to affect your pump system. There are exceptions, however. For more information consult the SynchroMed II pump patient manual.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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