Intrathecal Baclofen Pump
The baclofen pump system consists of a pump and a catheter that brings the medication from the pump into the spinal fluid. The pump is a small round metallic disc , which is surgically implanted under the skin of the abdomen. It contains a battery, which typically lasts between 5 and 7 years, a reservoir for the medication, and a microprocessor. It can be programmed with a
small computer which communicates with the pump via a wand placed over the skin. The catheter is a thin flexible tube implanted under the skin. One end of the catheter is connected to the pump, and the other end is inserted into the spine at various levels.
Once the pump is implanted, a small catheter is inserted into the patient’s spinal fluid space and threaded upward to connect to the pump. The pump is filled with the drug baclofen and programmed by a computer to release the specific dose that has been ordered by your physician. Your progress will be monitored along the way and your dose will be adjusted as necessary.