Intracept® procedure

What is the Intracept® procedure?

The Intracept® procedure is an innovative new treatment which targets the basivertebral nerve in the lower part of your spine to relieve chronic lower back pain.

How does the Intracept® procedure work?

The basivertebral nerve present in the lower spine transmits pain signals when degenerative changes occur in the vertebral endplates. The Intracept® procedure works by blocking the transmission of these pain signals and thus relieves chronic lower back pain.

How is the Intracept® procedure performed?

Under fluoroscopic imaging guidance, specially designed cannulas are used to create a channel to access the trunk of the basivertebral nerve within the vertebra. A radiofrequency probe is then placed at the basivertebral nerve to perform the ablation which blocks pain signals from the area.

What are the benefits of the Intracept® procedure? 

The key benefits of the Intracept® procedure include:

  • A treatment option for patients not responding to conservative therapy
  • Minimally invasive outpatient procedure
  • No implants placed
  • Preserves spine structure

Am I a candidate for the Intracept® procedure?

You may be a candidate for the Intracept® procedure if:

  • You have chronic lower back pain that has lasted at least 6 months
  • Your chronic lower back pain has not responded to conservative therapy
  • There are vertebral endplate changes that can be demonstrated on an MRI

What are the risks associated with the Intracept® procedure?

The Intracept® procedure is very safe. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are minimal risks associated with the Intracept® procedure. After fully evaluating your condition, your doctor will discuss your specific risks and how you might benefit from the Intracept® procedure.