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Re: [IP] minimed implantable insulin pump

On 21 Apr 00, at 13:07, Jack Granowski wrote:

> Subject: [IP] minimed implantable insulin pump
> > Does anyone here have first hand experience with this
> implanted device? I
> When will it be available?  When will the internal
> delivery for Disetronic be available?  Either one would be
> a big help for many of us that have problems with sites
> going bad.

If it is a problem with sites, perhaps the peritoneal shunt would be a better 
answer than the implantable pump.  This would avoid the problems 
associated with sub-cutaneous injection, where the injected insulin has to 
travel to the heart to then be sent to the liver.   See the site: 


As Disetronic explains it; "In intraperitoneal infusion, that is to say, when 
insulin is applied through a port system directly into the abdominal cavity 
and in intraumbilical infusion (injection of insulin into the umbilical vein) the 
insulin reaches the liver directly."  Just like a pancreas, immediate delivery.

This would avoid the problem of surgery for battery replacement.

George Lovelace

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