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About Baclofen Pumps

About Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy (ITB)

Intrathecal baclofen therapy may reduce severe spasticity. The programmable pump delivers medication to where it's needed - the spinal cord. This treatment option is adaptable, if necessary reversible and non-destructive. 

For spasticity of spinal origin, chronic infusion of baclofen via a baclofen pump should be reserved for patients unresponsive to oral baclofen or those who experience intolerable side effects at effective doses.

What Is It?

A baclofen pump (ITB Therapy) is a precise, targeted therapy used to reduce severe spasticity that may result from a Spinal Cord Injury. It uses a programmable, battery-powered medical device that stores and delivers a prescription medication called baclofen. The device is surgically implanted in the abdomen and a thin, flexible silicone tube called a catheter is inserted near the spine and connected to the pump. More

Benefits and Risks

All treatment and outcome results are specific to the individual patient, and will form part of your consultation with your healthcare professional.

Please consult your healthcare professional for a full list of benefits, indications, precautions, clinical results, and other important medical information that pertains to baclofen pumps (ITB therapy).

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn some of the common questions and concerns about how a baclofen pump may help minimise your severe spasticity caused by spinal cord injury or spinal cord disease.

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What Is It?

Frequently Asked Questions

This website is intended to be educational and is not to be used as a diagnostic tool. It is not intended to replace the information provided to you by your healthcare providers and does not constitute medical advice. The information may not be directly applicable for your individual clinical circumstance. Please talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.