For patients with chronic pain who have not had satisfactory results through conservative treatments and are not likely to be relieved through surgery, an Intrathecal Pump Implant can make life much more pleasant. A temporary system is implanted first, and if the pain is reduced, a permanent system may be implanted. The pump/catheter system delivers a small amount of medicine to the designated area of the spine, preventing pain signals from being perceived by the brain. Regular doctor visits are needed to refill the pump, which usually lasts 3-5 years before needing to be replaced.