Like test driving a car, the screening trial allows you to “test drive” targeted drug delivery before committing to long-term therapy.
I was willing to try anything to get some quality of life back.Pepper, Targeted Drug Delivery Patient
Targeted drug delivery doesn’t cure the underlying disease, but it may help you better manage your chronic pain.
Before the trial:
The procedure usually takes place in a hospital or surgery center.
The general steps of each trial method may vary depending upon your physician.
This method uses a special needle filled with pain medication. A single dose or multiple doses of a small amount of medication is injected into the intrathecal space.
This method takes place over a few days using a temporary system that closely resembles the therapy delivered by the implanted pain pump.
Complications can occur with the trial, including bleeding, infection, spinal headaches, damage to the spinal cord, and drug side effects.
After the trial, you and your physician will discuss your experience and decide if an implantable targeted drug delivery system is right for you.
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.