Pocketing for Intrathecal Drug Delivery Systems

  • Timothy R. DeerEmail author
  • C. Douglas Stewart


Creating a pocket in the subcutaneous tissue is an important part of placing the permanent intrathecal drug delivery system (IDDS). For many with surgical experience the creation of the pocket seems trivial on the surface. The focus of much of the implantation of the intrathecal pump is on the proper delivery of the catheter to the spinal fluid and the subsequent anchoring and tunneling. Many critical aspects also exist for creating a pump pocket. These points are examined in this chapter.


Intrathecal drug delivery Pocket formation Surgery Technique Reservoir site 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Center for Pain ReliefCharlestonUSA

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