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    Just a note - the following was posted on Mass General's Braintalk Spinal Disorders 3 forum by Dr. M.L. Whitworth, a pain doc who does implant pumps:

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    Because of the expense ($10,000-20,000), potential for spinal cord inflammation at doses of morphine more than 3 mg/day (does not happen with baclofen alone), side effects (urinary retention, edema, sexual dysfunction, constipation), need for refills Q1-3 months, inadequate physician reimbursement for such refills, and potential complications such as meningitis and spinal cord injury, the intrathecal infusion pump should be the last resort. Tolerance is the rule rather than the exception which ultimately results in potentially high doses of opiates delivered directly on the spine, and potentially spinal cord damage.

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    The Medtronics pump has to be replaced every five years, when the battery dies. Some other manufacturers make pumps that remain permanently in the patient.

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