Baclofen Pump Therapy (cont.)
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What Are the Disadvantages of the Baclofen Pump System?
There are certain risks that must be considered with any surgery. Risks include:
How Will My Doctor Know If the Baclofen Pump System Is Right for Me?
If your treatment team recommends the baclofen pump system after your evaluation, you will have a trial of the therapy to test the potential effectiveness of the medication.
During the medication trial, baclofen is injected into the spinal canal (using a small needle) and the treatment team assesses its effectiveness over 2-4 hours. If your muscles don't relax during the first trial, a larger dose may be given on a later date to determine its effectiveness.
If you experience positive results with the intrathecal medication you can decide with your doctor and family members if you should have a baclofen pump system implanted during a surgical procedure.
Reviewed by the doctors at the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Research at The Cleveland Clinic.
Last Editorial Review: 11/2/2006
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