About Pain Pumps
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.
Below are photos of a subject using the Stryker Pain Pump.
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.