Living With a Neurostimulator or Drug Pump

Once your Medtronic drug pump or neurostimulator is implanted and the implant site is healed, you and your doctor will work together to develop a pain management program. That program may include other types of therapies in addition to your Medtronic device, like physical therapy and exercise, with the goal of helping you to restore function for daily living.

After Surgery

During the first few weeks after the procedure, you may have special instructions from your doctor.
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Daily Living

After the initial healing period, a Medtronic Chronic Pain Therapy will become a routine part of your day.
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Programming Your Neurostimulator

Receiving optimal therapy may require you to adjust settings on your neurostimulator with your MyStim programmer.

Recharging Your Neurostimulator

Rechargeable neurostimulators contain a battery that must be recharged regularly to maintain the therapy.

Getting an MRI

If you ever need an MRI, here’s what you and your doctor should know.
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Getting a Replacement

Although neurostimulators and drug pumps are designed to last for several years without replacement, you can talk to your doctor about replacement procedures.
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Optimizing Therapy

Learn how to get the most from your therapy.
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Ask Hank and Grace

Hank has been receiving drug delivery therapy since 1993, and Grace has been receiving neurostimulation therapy since 2002. See their answers to questions about living with their therapy.
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Product Support

Both your doctor and Medtronic can help if you have questions about your system.

Doctors Answer Questions

Doctors with years of experience with Medtronic Chronic Pain Therapies have answered some of the common questions their patients ask about Medtronic Chronic Pain Therapies.

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 treatment.


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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