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Medtronic pain pump catheter

I’d like to know if anyone else has had the catheter come out of their spinal column and what the percentage of cases there may be out there? Thanks for any and all information.



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    Do you have a pain pump? If so why? Please provide us with more information about yourself.

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  • MooMo9999MMooMo9999 Posts: 2
    edited 12/07/2017 - 7:30 PM

    Yes I do currently have a pain pump. I have the pump due to joint, back and body pain caused by chemotherapy I had in 2010 for Breast Cancer. I am also on Arimadex to keep my cancer from returning. It has a lot of side effects as well.

    My pump was put in 12/2013. Surgeon had to go back in to close a spinal leak April 2014 and the again in 0ct 2014. I started having problems and not getting the same relief in 2015. Finally it was found this past April that the catheter had come out of my spinal column. It took me 6 months to convince my pain management Dr to do an MRI and test to confirm. Which it was confirmed the catheter was no longer in my spinal column. I just had surgery for a catheter revision and put it back in my spinal column last week. It took some time and 1200 miles to get another Dr to operate. Every Dr I’ve spoken to say they have never seen this happen before. That is the reason for my question. I’d like to know if anyone else has had this problem? I already don’t trust the Dr who operated 3 times and it still wasn’t right.


  • Had a Medtronic pump put in approx. 1999, catheter had to be replaced six times due to breakage and underwent surgery to remove a grapefruit size meningioma on my lower spine. Catheters still there and docs say they cannot/ will not cause any issues. Not happy!!

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