want information on why doctors have decided to discontinue implant of medtronic pain pump
Hi: I have a Medtronic pain pump (Type 2). I think the model 3647II. Recently my doctor told me casually that no one is treating or implanting the pump anymore as "it has not been very effective.) I was flabbergasted!! I have never been able to tolerate the pump very well because I get sick if the dosage goes very high. I am on .174 Dilaudid and 1.74 Bupivicaine. I want to know why doctors have stopped using them. I already know that the Medtronic company sent out an urgent warning as of January 2008 about this particular pump causing an increasing number of granulomas but there must be more to it if docs have actually stopped working with it and will not even take patients who have it. I live in a big city but according to my doctor only one other doctor will take someone with a pump as a patient. I should have been told about this sooner and there must be more to it. Please let me know anything you think would be helpful.
thanks a million.