LIVING WITH INTRATHECAL DRUG DELIVERY (IDD)

If you have been fitted with a programmable drug infusion system, you are receiving what is called intrathecal drug delivery. This enables medication to be delivered selectively into the fluid that surrounds the spinal cord.

There are some important things you need to remember when using one of these systems – please read through the frequently asked questions below about using your programmable drug infusion system. 

Always talk to your doctor if you have any queries about using your programmable drug infusion system safely or if there are any changes in your condition.

Information contained here does not replace the recommendations of your healthcare professional. See the device manual for detailed information regarding the instructions for use, indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and potential adverse events. For further information, contact your healthcare professional.

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Can I go scuba diving or enter hyperbaric chambers?

Can I take part in activities involving exposure to high altitudes?

Can I take part in activities involving exposure to high temperatures?

Can I take part in activities that require twisting or stretching?

Can I pass through theft detectors and security screening devices?

Can I feel or manipulate the pump or catheter?

How do I get my pump refilled?

When should the pump be replaced?

Can I use standard household appliances?

Can I have an MRI scan or other medical exams?