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After Surgery – Drug Pumps

Cancer Pain

After your implant procedure, it is important to follow your doctor's instructions for post-surgery care and keep all follow-up appointments as scheduled.

Immediately After Surgery

Following your surgery, you will likely feel some discomfort at both incision sites (in your back and abdomen) for several days. This "incisional pain" feels like a bruise. You may also experience a headache for a few days.

Your doctor may prescribe medication to relieve the pain caused by surgery and antibiotics to prevent infection. If you notice any swelling, pain, or redness near your incision, notify your doctor.

Up to 8 Weeks After Surgery

After the implant, your doctor may recommend that you restrict your activity for 6 to 8 weeks. It's important to remember that even after the initial healing period, some activities may cause wear on your catheter. Talk to your doctor for more information.


Beginning Treatment

Once your pump is filled with medication and has been programmed by your doctor, the pain medicine will be delivered through the catheter to the intrathecal space. It still may take several days before you experience pain relief. During this transition period, your doctor may adjust the amount of pain medicine from your drug pump so that you receive the best pain control possible. At the same time, your doctor may also adjust your other medications.


Commitment to Success

Managing cancer pain relief requires a commitment from you. You will need to return to your refill clinic periodically for checkups and to have your pump refilled.

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.