A pain pump is a non-electrical device that continuously delivers pain medication directly to the surgical site. Here's what you need to know:
- The pain medication is administered via very small tubes, or catheters.
- The catheters are inserted at the end of your surgery, and they are usually worn for a couple of days.
- Common pain medications used in pain pumps includes bupivacaine (marcaine), and ropivacaine.
- Pain pumps are 100% portable, and can be worn anywhere, except for in situations where the pump will be wet.
If you notice any of the following, you should contact your doctor:
- Increase in pain
- Redness, swelling, pain, or discharge at catheter site
- Skin rash or hives
- Excessive excitability, restlessness, or extreme drowsiness
- Side effects from the medication, including: dizziness, blurred vision, ringing in ears, metallic taste in mouth, numbness & tingling of the mouth and lips, nausea, vomiting, and/or any other side effects that you do not feel are normal.
- It should be noted that you may experience numbness around the incision site, so you should be careful, so as to avoid injury to the area.
The photo below shows the catheter, which is used to deliver medication from the pain pump to the surgical site.
A different subject using the On-Q Pain Pump.
Reviewed September 2016