Drug Administrations Systems
When in certain conditions the pain is uncontrollable or side effects from narcotics too severe the next step oftentimes is a morphine pump. This requires implantation of a reservoir the size of a hockey puck that rests under the skin. This reservoir has a motor that pumps morphine intrathecally to allow maximum absorption to brain and spinal cord. The total mg of morphine daily consumption usually goes down so the patient has less systemic effects. The reservoir has to be refilled at three months this can usually be done in the treating doctors office.