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Getting a Replacement – Drug Pumps

Chronic Pain

As someone who has chosen a Medtronic drug pump for chronic pain, you know first-hand the difference it can make. We want to ensure that you continue to benefit from your pain therapy.

Product Life: SynchroMed II

The typical product life of your SynchroMed II pump will range between 5 and 7 years, depending on how much medicine you’re programmed to receive each day. Your doctor will closely monitor the performance of your programmable pump at each of your refill appointments.

It is important to know that the SynchroMed II pump will last a maximum of 7 years. The automatic shut-off feature helps ensure that the pump works correctly to provide pain therapy.

If you have a SynchroMed II pump, you will need to have your pump surgically replaced with a new pump before it automatically shuts off. This requires surgery.

When to Schedule a Replacement

The SynchroMed II pump (the pump most often implanted after July 2004) has an elective replacement indicator (ERI) alarm. This alarm sounds when your pump is nearing End of Service. If the pump is not replaced after the ERI alarm sounds, the pump will continue to operate for a while, but will stop after 90 days. A stopped pump results in a loss of therapy that can lead to an underdose or withdrawal symptoms.

Talk with your doctor at each refill visit about when to schedule a replacement. It is best not to wait for this alarm to sound before scheduling your pump replacement. Medtronic recommends that you schedule your replacement about 6 months prior to the automatic shut off so there is no interruption in your therapy. If you hear an ERI alarm, contact your doctor.

Be sure to tell your doctor right away if you experience any unusual symptoms, side effects, or changes in your condition.

For more information about your pump’s service life, contact your doctor.

Catheter Replacement

Your doctor will determine at the time of pump replacement if you should also get a new catheter. 

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.