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The intrathecal programmable pump is a safe medical procedure; but, as with any procedure, it has risks as well as benefits. The pump placement is a relatively minor surgery preformed under general anesthesia. To minimize the chance of complication, we ask that you follow a few simple guidelines:
Do not eat or drink anything for six hours prior to the procedure.
We require that you be accompanied to and from Stanford Health Care by a responsible adult driver. Following the procedure, you will be admitted to the hospital for an overnight stay for observation.