The most common side effects include:
Pump failure may cause an overdose or underdose of intrathecal baclofen. The signs and symptoms of an overdose include:
Loss of consciousness or coma
The signs and symptoms of an underdose include:
Increase or return of spasticity
Low blood pressure
Following are possible device complications:
The catheter or pump could move within the body or push through the skin.
The pump could stop because the battery has run out or because of component failure.
The catheter could leak, tear, kink, or become disconnected resulting in an underdose or abrupt cessation of intrathecal baclofen. An abrupt stop of intrathecal baclofen can lead to:
Altered mental status
Death, in rare cases
HappyPoet wrote:Hi Scott,
A Baclofen pump delivers only a tiny amount of Baclofen compared to oral Baclofen, so there should be no worries about the med affecting your strength.
Going forward with having a Baclofen pump implanted will be one of the most important, life-changing decisions you will ever make, so research, research, research. Get a second opinion. Get a third opinion. Use ONLY a highly experienced, board-certified neurosurgeon if this is the route you ultimately take.
Also, join this private Yahoo group called the Pumpsters http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/pumpsters/ and read every thread you possibly can as the pump is a whole new world you MUST learn before you agree to any surgery-do NOT rely on any surgeon nor Baclofen pump sales rep (who is an integral part of the process before, during, and after surgery) to tell you everything.
KateCW wrote:I am not able to offer you any reassurances but I am in the same situation,waiting for the surgery.
I don't want the ugly thing either but I have poorly controlled spasticity and can't stay awake on the oral medications. I need o maintain enough tone to stand and assist with transfers.
I did ask the surgeon if it couldbe removed if I hated it and he assured me it could. I suspect my surgery will be inMay and will try to kep you posted.