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An insulin pump is a small, battery operated device about the size of a small cell phone. It can be clipped to your belt, slipped into your pocket or hidden under your clothes. It delivers precise doses of rapid-acting insulin to closely match your body’s needs. It does this in two ways:
The insulin pump has buttons to program your insulin, an LCD screen, and a reservoir compartment to hold the insulin. You’ll need to change insulin cartridge every two to three days.
A small tube (called a cannula) goes into and just under the skin, allowing insulin to pass from the tubing into the body. The cannula is inserted with a small needle that is removed after it is in place. It is placed in areas similar to where you would give yourself insulin injections. The cannula is held in place by an adhesive patch. The tubing is changed every two to three days.
If your doctor recommends you use an insulin pump, rest assured that we will be at you side. We will make sure you have everything you need, in terms of supplies and the know how to use it properly.
Learn more about how insulin pumps work and what the implantation process looks like.
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