Intracept

What is it?

Intracept

Degeneration of the vertebrae/disc complex can result in chronic low back pain. Chronic low back pain from degenerative disc disease afflicts millions of people yearly. For patients with chronic low back pain that have failed conservative treatments and don’t want surgery, Intracept can be the perfect solution.

What is it?

Intracept is an outpatient, minimally invasive procedure that targets the sensory nerve in the spine called the basivertebral nerve that is responsible for chronic low back pain. Image guidance is used to place a cannula (large needle) into the vertebrae to heat and desensitize the basivertebral nerve. Intracept has shown sustained improvements in pain and function beyond five years. Check out this great clip of how this is performed.

Am I a good candidate?

If you have chronic low back pain for at least six months, with particular findings on your MRI (modic changes of L3-S1), and do not have scoliosis or an unstable spine, you may be a good candidate for Intracept. The Interventional PainDoctors team of spine and pain management specialists will conduct a comprehensive history and physical examination with medical imaging to determine if you are a good candidate.

During Procedure

Your doctor and staff will explain what to expect before, during, and after the treatment. Your doctor will advise you to avoid eating or drinking anything for eight hours before the procedure and to have a responsible adult drive you home. You may need to stop taking certain medicines (blood thinners) several days before your procedure.

Intracept is performed in the sterile operating room using image guidance. You will be comfortably positioned, sedated and monitors placed to check your vital signs. Once you are sterile prepped and draped, image guidance is used to place a cannula (large needle) into the vertebrae to heat and desensitize the basivertebral nerve. Pain relief is rapid and over a few days most people have significant relief, most cases notice immediate relief. The procedure is implant free and preserves the structure and function of your spine.

What are the complications?

A small percentage of patients may experience: hardware failure, loss of effectiveness, and biological complications such as increased pain, and vertebrae fracture. Doctor expertise, sterile operating conditions and image guidance keep complications to a minimum.

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