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After Surgery – Drug Pumps

Drug Pump for 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 your abdomen) for several days. You may 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.

After Surgery

After the surgery, your doctor may recommend that you restrict your activity. This allows time for scar tissue to form and anchor the catheter in place. 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

You will begin receiving therapy as soon as your pump is filled with drug and programmed. Your doctor will adjust the delivery of medication to achieve a balance between pain relief and managing side effects. 

Commitment to Success

Managing cancer pain relief requires a commitment from you. You will need to return to your doctor's office periodically for checkups and to have your pump refilled. You will also need to learn to operate the myPTM™ personal therapy manager, if prescribed by your doctor, and participate in other pain treatments, such as physical therapy, to ensure success.

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.