• Medtronic Pump

    Medtronic Pump

    Medtronic infusion devices are used for patients with severe intractable pain that does not respond to conventional techniques. The spinal column contains the receptors which transmit pain from the body to the brain. By placing a small catheter into the spinal fluid and connecting it to a small implantable pump, an extremely small steady infusion of pain medication can be delivered. This device binds and blocks the pain receptors inhibiting a pain signal from reaching the brain. For patients experiencing severe daily pain this outpatient technique allows patients to regain their independence and restore function. You may be a candidate for intrathecal drug delivery if you meet the following criteria: Multiple other treatment modalities have been tried and failed, you would not benefit from additional surgery, or you are dependent on opioid pain medication. Our team also likes to try a pump trial for any potential candidates who may be interested.


Years of Experience




Surgeries Performed
"After years of suffering from cluster headaches and finding no solutions from nearly every medical specialty, Dr. Smith instantly identified the source of my pain and worked with me to develop a plan of action. I can now enjoy the outdoor activities, like hiking, that I had stopped doing."
Rebecca R.
"I love to garden but the arthritis in my hands made a former joy too painful. Dr. Smith, working closely with my rheumatologist, made sure that my pain was resolved. I am now back in the garden."
Gwen O.
"Both Dr. Smith and Dr. Thompson have been a good, if not great, experience for me. I have had difficult and long [term] problems. Both of them do this job because they care deeply. [They] both show me their first desire is to help me live a functional life with this chronic pain."
"I was totally disabled and unable to work to support my family because of back pain after an injury at work. Dr. Smith put me in a stepwise program to try different approaches on a trial basis to see what worked best for me. He patiently laid out the options and helped me to make choices that have now resulted in my being pain free for almost a year."
Robert J.

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