Intrathecal pump therapy for cancer pain reduces pain by delivering medication directly to the area surrounding the spinal cord, thus requiring much smaller doses of medication for relief.
A pump and catheter are surgically implanted beneath the skin by an IPI physician. The pump, embedded in the abdominal area, is connected to the catheter, tunneled under the skin to the specific site where the medication is needed.
The surgical procedure usually takes 90 to 120 minutes to perform.
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