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Once the intrathecal port is placed, an infusion of medications (local anesthetics and/or narcotics) is initiated. These medications should bring about pain relief within minutes. It may, however, take a few days to adjust the dose for the optimal pain relief.
What should I expect from this procedure?
You will require a short period of recovery from this minor surgical procedure. You may notice soreness in the chest wall where the intrathecal port is placed, and some soreness in the back where the catheter is inserted; this is usually quite minimal. There will be some bruising which may last up to a week, but will resolve.
Your home nursing agency will assist in monitoring the two sites for any evidence of infection. Signs to monitor are redness and/or increased pain or swelling of the two incision sites. The stitches will be removed at the Pain Management Center in approximately one week, provided that the incisions are well healed.