Intrathecal pumps are typically used to treat patients who have failed many other therapies or not candidates for spinal surgery. It is a powerful tool at the hands of a trained physician that delivers medication in the fluid that bathes the spinal cord. A small reservoir to hold the medications is implanted into the abdomen and a small tube is connected to the spinal canal for a continuous delivery of medication. It can be done as an outpatient procedure or an inpatient. Please talk to your doctors at the Pain and Healing institute for more information about intrathecal pumps.