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If you and your physician decide targeted drug delivery is right for you, the pump will be implanted during a surgical procedure. This procedure is most often performed in a hospital or outpatient surgery center.
The SynchroMed™ II pump is available in two sizes — 20 ml and 40 ml — to meet your size preference and refill schedule. Your physician will decide which size is right for you.
Before the procedure, you and your physician will decide where in your abdomen to position the drug pump for your comfort. You should not undergo the implant procedure if you have an active infection at the time of your scheduled appointment.
The steps and time will vary depending on the doctor.
It’s been transforming for me — in the activities I’m able to do, in my relationships…John, Targeted Drug Delivery Patient
Every patient experience is unique. Not everyone who receives Medtronic Targeted Drug Delivery therapy will experience the same results.
The recovery time after getting the pump implanted is usually 6–8 weeks. You may experience some initial discomfort and limits on movements. Be sure to listen to your body and follow your physician's instructions.
After a few weeks, it's a good idea to try some activities you enjoy, such as going for a walk, riding your bike, going to a movie, or watching a ball game. Talk with your physician about activities you'd like to try or tasks you'd like to accomplish.
Your physician will program the pump to meet your individual needs so that you receive the best pain relief possible. For example, to prevent pain from interfering with sleep, the pump can be programmed to deliver more pain medicine at night. Be sure to tell your physician about the way you feel, so changes can be made to optimize your pain management.
During the refill appointment, your physician will assess your symptoms, check that your drug delivery system is working properly, and confirm you are receiving appropriate therapy.
The SynchroMed™ II drug pump will be emptied with a needle inserted through your skin. The pump will then be refilled with medication. This is a relatively short procedure. How often your pump needs to be refilled depends on your individual dosing schedule and the size of your drug pump.
Talk with your physician about the types of activities that may be easier with targeted drug delivery. Develop a plan for doing the things that matter most to you. Setting goals is important to get the most out of long- term drug delivery therapy.
Once you have a targeted drug delivery system, you will need to call your physician right away if you:
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.