How long is recovery time after morphine pump surgery?
Morphine pumps are usually surgically implanted in people who have had failed back surgeries, cancer, or other serious pain conditions which other treatments have not been able to treat. The full recovery time after the surgery is usually between 6 and 8 weeks.
Once a morphine pump in inserted, there really is no way to tell how much time is left before death. This will vary greatly depending on the type of disease, the person's pain tolerance, and the medications used along with the morphine. Some people have a morphine pump inserted, get better, and have the pump removed.
Morphine / opiate dependence (not addiction) is a given for anyone who is on long-term opiate therapy, including a morphine pump. Addiction is rare in pain patients, as we have a true medical need for the drug. The real problem with morphine pumps is that problems associated with them, which is the reason I opted for Duragesic instead. Aside from being another surgical procedure, the implants at the spine (where the drug is delivered) don't…