About Neurostimulators and Drug Pumps

If your chronic pain isn't responding to medication, or you can't tolerate the side effects, your doctor may prescribe one of our neurostimulators or drug pumps. These implantable devices may help you manage your pain, restore your ability to do everyday activities, decrease your need for oral pain medications, and improve your quality of life.1-4 For more than 30 years they have enhanced the lives of people with chronic pain.

What Are They?

Medtronic Chronic Pain Therapies are two proven, long-term pain therapies: spinal cord stimulation (also called neurostimulation therapy) and targeted drug delivery. Both use surgically placed devices.

A spinal cord stimulator (also known as a neurostimulator) sends mild electrical pulses to an area near your spine. These pulses disrupt the pain signals traveling between the spinal cord and the brain so you may feel relief.

Drug pumps deliver pain medication directly to the fluid around the spinal cord, instead of the blood stream, providing pain relief with a small fraction of the medication needed if taken orally.4,5
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Our Drug Pumps and Neurostimulators for Pain

Drug pumps are implanted in the abdomen. Neurostimulators are implanted in the abdomen or buttocks.
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A programmer allows you to adjust the neurostimulation settings, and a personal therapy manager allows you to receive a dose of morphine from the drug pump, within limits set by your doctor.
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Benefits and Risks

Review the benefits and risks of Medtronic Chronic Pain Therapies.
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Questions and Answers

Get answers to frequently asked questions about neurostimulators and drug pumps.
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Personal Stories

Read about the experiences of people who have received our products and therapies. You'll learn first-hand what life was like for these particular patients, both before and after receiving their neurostimulation or drug delivery therapy.


Information regarding Medtronic Neuromodulation's agreement with the FDA.


  1. Ohnmeiss DD, Rashbaum RF, Bogdanffy GM. Prospective outcome evaluation of spinal cord stimulation in patients with intractable leg pain. Spine. 1996;21:1344-1350.
  2. Kumar K, Taylor RS, Jacques L, et al. Spinal cord stimulation versus conventional medical management for neuropathic pain: a multicentre randomised controlled trial in patients with failed back surgery syndrome. Pain. 2007;132:179-188.
  3. Deer T, Chapple I, Classen A, et al. Intrathecal drug delivery for treatment of chronic low back pain: report from the National Outcomes Registry for Low Back Pain. Pain Med. 2004;5:6-13.
  4. Hamza M, Doleys D, Wells M, et al. Prospective study of 3-year follow-up of lowdose intrathecal opioids in the management of chronic nonmalignant pain. Pain Med. 2012;13:1304-1313.
  5. Ruan X. Drug-related side effects of long-term intrathecal morphine therapy. Pain Physician. 2007;10:357-366.


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: 16 Oct 2015

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