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Intracept Procedure

The Intracept Procedure is a new minimally invasive approach that is clinically proven to provide long term relief for chronic low back pain.

Low back pain is the most expensive occupational disorder in the United States and a leading cause of disability worldwide. CLBP impacts approximately 30 million people in the United States with nearly 900,000 new occurrences each year. The majority of CLBP sufferers do not get adequate relief from conservative treatments and are not surgical candidates. Today, nearly 80 percent of CLBP sufferers fail to find pain relief with available treatments.

One cause of CLBP is microfractures of the vertebral body endplates. Back injury, genetic makeup, and other factors can cause degeneration of the spine, placing stress on the vertebral body endplates. The stress on the endplates can lead to microfractures. The basivertebral nerve is located within the vertebral body and transmits pain from the vertebral body endplates causing CLBP.

Intracept is a minimally invasive procedure that integrates two decades of scientific research on the basivertebral nerve and its role in CLBP. Following a small incision, instruments and Xray guidance is used to reach the basivertebral nerve. Once the correct position is verified radiofrequency energy, or heat, ablates the basivertebral nerve which in turn will stop the transmission of pain signals. Intracept is an outpatient procedure, which does not involve an implant or change the structure of the spine. A 225-patient clinical trial demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of the Intracept Procedure, proving long-term relief of chronic low back pain.

Following a small incision, instruments and X-ray guidance is used to reach the basivertebral nerve. Once the nerve is reached, radiofrequency energy, or heat, ablates the basivertebral nerve, stopping the transmission of pain signals. Intracept is an outpatient procedure that takes approximately 60-90 minutes and does not involve an implant or change the structure of the spine.

KEY BENEFITS OF INTRACEPT

  • Provides a treatment option for patients who have not found relief with conservative therapy treatments
  • Minimally invasive, outpatient procedure
  • Implant-free and preserves the structure of the spine
  • Provides durable relief of chronic vertebrogenic low back pain