FAQS

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IS WHAT I’M EXPERIENCING (DISABLING SEVERE SPASTICITY) COMMON?

Do other people share this experience (disabling severe spasticity)?

If my oral medications aren’t working, do I have other options?

What can I expect at the doctor’s appointment?

What should I ask my doctor during my first visit to assess spasticity?

How can I find a spasticity specialist/expert/doctor/clinic?

What does the Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy therapy feel like?

When should I seek help with pump?

What is the impact of spasticity on my activities of daily living, like life, work, hobbies, relationships?

I’m afraid of the surgery – what are the risks?

What are the risks of Intrathecal Baclofen (ITB) Therapy?

What to expect after the ITB implant surgery?

Is the pump and procedure covered by insurance?

How does the pump feel? Will it show?

Can I test the pump/therapy before I commit to the pump?

What are the chances that the test will be successful?

What if I miss the refill appointment?

What does a pump alarm sound like and what do I have to do?

What if I am allergic to some materials, can I test that beforehand?

Can it be too late for a pump therapy or should I wait until I see the pump as my last option to treat pain or spasticity?

What do I have to do if I want to travel in foreign countries with the pump?

Are pumps new?

Is the drug and an experienced physician available everywhere in the world?

Is Synchromed™ pump new?

How does it feel to have the pump implanted?

Will people be able to see that I have a pump?

Will it affect what clothes I can wear in terms of comfort or possible discomfort? If so, how?

What should I expect after surgery?

What are follow-up and refill visits like?

When do I need to call my doctor or nurse?

How long will the pump battery last?

When would the pump or catheter need to be replaced?

How large is the pump?

Will the pump show through my clothes?

Will my system limit my activities?

Does the pump make any noise?

Will a microwave oven interfere with my pump?

Will there be any problems when I pass through theft detectors and security screening devices?

Will I be able to take hot baths or showers?

Can I use a hot tub, sauna, steam room or tanning bed?

Will the infusion system cure my condition?

Will I be able to stop taking other medications once I have the infusion system?

Can I drive a motor vehicle?

Can I drink alcohol and take other medication?

Can I do Scuba diving or use a hyperbaric chambers?

What will happen if I pass a security devices and metal detectors, like those in airports or department stores?

Below you can find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy (ITB Therapy). Always consult with your medical team about any issues about your treatment that you are concerned about.

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How does an intrathecal baclofen pump work?

An intrathecal baclofen pump system (also known as ITB Therapy) includes a programmable pump and catheter that are surgically placed, usually just under the skin of the abdomen. The system delivers a liquid form of the drug baclofen directly to the fluid around the spinal cord. 

Depending on your body type, it may not show under regular clothes.29

If oral baclofen didn’t work for me, why would intrathecal baclofen work?

Will a baclofen pump cure my spasticity?

Am I suitable for intrathecal baclofen therapy (ITB Therapy)?

What is intrathecal baclofen?

What is severe spasticity?

What is ITB Therapy/baclofen pump therapy?

Who is a candidate for ITB Therapy?

Who is not a candidate for ITB Therapy or a screening test dose?

What are the most common side effects of intrathecal baclofen?

What do I need to know if I am using intrathecal baclofen ?

What are the signs of withdrawal from intrathecal baclofen ?

What can I do to prevent intrathecal baclofen withdrawal or abrupt interruption of intrathecal baclofen?

What are the signs of intrathecal baclofen overdose?

Can I undergo Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) testing?

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