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Living With a Drug Pump

Cancer Pain

Once your Medtronic drug pump 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 physiotherapy and exercise, with the goal of helping to improve your quality of life.

After Surgery

During the first 6 to 8 weeks after the procedure, you may have special instructions from your doctor.


Daily Living

Clinical studies show that most people who had success with targeted drug delivery were able to improve their ability to function and participate in activities of daily living.1-6 Not everyone who receives a drug pump will have the same results.


Product Support

Both your doctor and Medtronic can help if you have questions about your pump or pain treatment plan.


Getting a Replacement

Drug pumps are designed to last for several years without replacement.


Personal Stories

Read about the experiences of people who have received drug delivery therapy.




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