What is Medtronic Neurological Implanted Device (Baclofen Pump)?

Category: Procedures


Generic name: Implantation

The intrathecal baclofen pump system is the way doctors give baclofen directly into the spinal fluid. The system consists of a catheter (a small, flexible tube) and a pump. The pump, a round metal disc, about one inch thick and three inches in diameter, is surgically placed under the skin.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Stiffness/spasticity 13 13
Spasticity 7 0
Cerebral palsy 1 0
Hereditary spastic paraplegia 1 1
Multiple sclerosis 1 0
Torso twisting right 1 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 3
None 12

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Medtronic Neurological Implanted Device (Baclofen Pump)

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weakness in leg(s) 2
Spinal tap headaches 1
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 14
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 13
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 8
Not specified 6
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1 patient evaluation for Medtronic Neurological Implanted Device (Baclofen Pump)

Jan 1, 2000 (Started Feb 15, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Reduce spasticity)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: This is a pump that is placed into your stomach with a catheter attached that is inserted directly into your spinal column. I was not an appropriate candidate for this procedure but at the time, did not have enough experience or information to know that. It was only when I contacted an expert in M.S. in San Diego (Dr. Corey-Bloom), and she told me that the only effect this pump had was to line the pocket of a greedy physician (her words) that I demanded the pump be removed. However, the pump CAN BE beneficial for someone whose quality of life is unmanable due to spasticity and oral baclofen treatment is unsuccessful. It is also beneficial for someone experiencing intractable pain needing pain management that cannot be done orally.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: I am thin and the pump stuck out of my stomach like a hockey puck

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