What is a Q pump?
Recently a portable device called ON-Q pump has been developed to continuously infuse the local anesthetic through 2 small catheters inserted at the wound site. The ON-Q Pump is a small tennis ball sized unit made of a soft synthetic material that slowly infuses the drug through the catheters by elastic force.
How does Q pump work?
HOW DOES THE ON-Q* PUMP WORK? The pump is attached to a catheter or catheters (small tube near your procedure site). The pump automatically delivers the medicine at a very slow flow rate. Do not squeeze the pump.
How long does on Q pump last?
The pain pump will provide you with pain relief for approximately 3 days. The outcome and benefits of using this pain pump may vary from patient to patient with the type of surgery that was done. These benefits may include decreased pain, decreased narcotic consumption, quicker return ambulation and bodily function.
What medicine is used in on Q pump?
The ON-Q pump is designed to deliver local anesthetics to surgical sites for non-narcotic pain relief. The prescribing information suggests using ropivacaine (Naropin, Fresenius Kabi USA/APP), bupivacaine (Sensorcaine, AstraZeneca), or lidocaine (Xylocaine, AstraZeneca).
How do you get rid of Q pain balls?
Grasp the tube with 2 fingers of one hand close to the incision and pull the tube out while you cough. You do not have to cough, but coughing can help. After you pull some of the tubing out, you can reposition your hand back close to the incision site and do it again until tube is completely removed.
How long does a pain ball last?
provides continuous infusion of a local anesthetic directly into the patient’s surgical site for effective, non-narcotic postoperative pain relief for up to 5 days.
How long does on Q pain ball last?
It provides post-operative pain relief for up to 5 days, while reducing patients’ opioid consumption post-operatively. This pump offers customizable control with titratability and the ability to turn analgesia on and off.
How do I know if my Q pump is working?
How can I tell if my pump is working? The ON-Q* pumps flow at various flow rates as prescribed by your surgeon or anesthesiologist. After 24 hours of infusion enough of the medication should be emptied from the pump to start to see wrinkling in the outer cover of the balloon.
How do I know when my on Q is empty?
You will know that your pump is empty when the pain pump is not in the shape of a ball anymore. When it is completely empty, the inner balloon will not be a round ball of any size. (It will resemble an apple core.)
How do I know if Q is working?
How can I tell if my pump is working? The ON-Q* pumps flow at various flow rates as prescribed by your surgeon or anesthesiologist. After 24 hours of infusion enough of the medication should be emptied from the pump to start to seeing wrinkling in the outer cover of the balloon.
How long does a pain pump last?
The medication in your pump will need to be refilled every 4 to 6 weeks by your pain doctor. You will need to make appointments with your pain doctor for your refills.
How do I know if on Q is working?
How does a pain pump make you feel?
Giving medications, like opioids, through a pain pump gives superior pain relief and reduces side effects (nausea, constipation, drowsiness). Reduced addiction risk to opioids. A pain pump gives pain medications directly to the spinal cord, the place where medications take effect.
What are the side effects of a pain pump?
Complications may include dosing errors, pump failure, opioid withdrawal, infection and other complications like pain, fever, vomiting, muscle spasms, cognitive changes, weakness and cardiac or respiratory distress.
Is a pain pump worth it?
Nope, these devices which inject chemicals directly into the spinal canal from a surgically implanted pump are fraught with enough complications that even a minor amount of benefit may not be worthwhile for anyone, friend or foe.
Who is a candidate for a pain pump?
Your doctor may recommend a pain pump if you meet some of these criteria: You’ve failed conservative therapies like oral pain medication, physical therapy, and pain-relief injections such as nerve blocks and epidurals. You are dependent on pain medication and are starting to have strong side effects or addiction.
What is the success rate of a pain pump?
Improvements in Pain, Physical Function, and Quality of Life Overall, 94% (398/422) of patients reported improved pain control following pump implantation with 59% of patients stating their pump provides good to excellent pain relief (249/422).