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Local Infusion Pain Management Pump


A local infusion pain management pump is a device that gives medicine for 2 to 5 days. You will get medicine called local anesthetic through the pump. This medicine numbs the area to decrease your pain before, during, or after surgery. The device pumps medicine through the catheter to the place in your body where you need it. Healthcare providers will place a catheter before or after you have surgery. It may be placed near your surgery site.


Seek care immediately if:

  • Your skin is red, warm, swollen, or draining pus.
  • You have a large bruise around the area where the catheter goes into your body.
  • You are dizzy or your eyesight is blurry.
  • You have ringing or buzzing in your ears.
  • Your mouth, fingers, or toes are numb or tingling.
  • You become more tired than usual, or you are confused.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • The tubing is twisted.
  • You give yourself a bolus and the button does not pop up after 30 minutes.
  • Your pain gets worse even with the medicine.
  • You have a metal taste in your mouth.
  • Your pump is empty or you think it needs to be removed.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

How to care for the pump at home:

  • Make sure the clamp is open. Attach the pump to your clothing as directed.
  • Keep the filter dry and open. Do not get soap on the filter. This can cause it to leak medicine. Do not put tape over the filter.
  • Do not try to change the settings on your pump. Your pump has the right amount of medicine for you. Do not squeeze the pump, even if you think you are not getting enough medicine.
  • Do not block the flow of medicine. Keep bandages loose where the catheter goes into your body. Tightly wrapped elastic bandages can decrease or stop the flow of medicine.
  • Do not get the pump or catheter site wet. Do not put heat or ice packs onto your body near the flow controller. Moisture may build up and get the pump or catheter site wet. Ask your healthcare provider how to keep the area dry when you bathe.

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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