Thirty-five percent of the population suffers with chronic pain. That was the subject of a live inteview in NewsChannel 11's segment HealthWise @ 5, where Lubbock Anesthesiologist Dr. Johnny Qubty said that should not be happening today. He wants patients and doctors to know there is an implantable device called the Ssynchromed Infusion Pump which delivers medication to the patient as needed.
"The best candidates are patinets who have to take so many pills that they can't function and that can't seem to get any kind of pain relieff with the treatments their docors have offered so far," said Qubty, M.D., Director of Covenant Pain Center.
Dr. Qubty says patients who fear side effects or are concerned about becoming addicted to pain relievers are relieved to learn that the amount of medication delivered by the pump is miniscule compared to what they get from all the pills they take. This is because less is needed when the pump can be programmed to target the specific area of pain.
Although a lot of cancer patients are using the pump, Dr. Qubty says it is also effective in patients with chronic back pain. It is covered by Medicare.