Technology has been moving by leaps and bounds over the past few decades, yet more and more people are suffering from chronic pain. Despite many newer treatments, very few physicians are apt or confident to try them. Here at Pennsylvania Pain & Spine, Dr. Qu and the other physicians consider themselves to be leaders in trying newer technologies to improve their patients’ lives.
While intrathecal pumps have been available for quite some time, many physicians and patients do not realize the true potential of newer generation ones.
Dr. Qu uses Flowonix Prometra II, which can deliver medication in a precise and reliable fashion. These newer generation devices can put medication directly into a patient’s cerebral spinal fluid in their spine, where receptors are for pain medications. Revolutionary changes in the design of this device allows for your physicians to make changes unlike anytime before. In addition to traditional opioids, there are many non-opioid options such as nerve blocking agents. When combined, these medications can give tremendous relief such as Mr. Kirby’s case above. Imagine not having to be in pain, or not having to watch the clock to take pills!
These intrathecal pumps work so well that studies have shown that patients with late stage cancers who use the device actually show prolonged survival vs those who do not use this.
Here at Pennsylvania Pain & Spine, we strive to use cutting edge techniques not only to eliminate pain, but use efficacious treatments that are beneficial to the patients and society.
Please call 215-395-8888 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Qu, Kelly or Gugger.