I am a bit dopey, but my mind keeps composing a blog, so I had to grab the laptop and type.
The surgery took a bit longer than expected, but my doctor was able to remove all of catheter tubing, anchors, and the pump at the end of it. I apparently bit my lip during it too, and came out of it with a girdle.
Years ago, I did some research on intrathecal baclofen pumps and ran across studies that included information on why people had their pumps removed.
Back then, I had my Codman pump with no issues. I couldn’t imagine any reason would be good enough to remove a pump. The benefits would far outweigh any of those listed in the research, I thought then.
While I was waiting to be wheeled to surgery, I marveled at the shift in my perspective from then to now. It took a lot of reasons, instead of just one, to decide to remove this Medtronic pump. And now it is removed.
Let the recovery begin!