ALZET Osmotic Pumps can be implanted subcutaneously or intraperitoneally following the animal size guidelines. ALZET pumps may also be connected to a catheter to deliver the pump contents directly into the venous or arterial systems, the brain, or into any organ or tissue. (See other routes of administration)
Listed below are guidelines on surgical implantation of ALZET pumps subcutaneously and intraperitoneally, as well as intravenous cannulation and brain infusion.
In addition, DURECT has a video available on CD or for download that demonstrates surgical techniques and special applications for the use of ALZET osmotic pumps. This video demonstrates subcutaneous and intraperitoneal implantations, intravenous infusion (via the external jugular vein), localized administration into the central nervous system, gastrointestinal delivery, intrathecal cannulation, and other special applications. The subcutaneous procedure is shown in a mouse and the others are performed in rats. This video is available free of charge. Request a copy