The Intracept® Procedure is a minimally invasive, outpatient pain therapy designed to relieve chronic low back pain originating in the vertebrae. This type of pain is most commonly caused by aggravation of the basivertebral nerve, which is located inside the vertebrae bone itself.
Patients who received the Intracept Procedure have been shown to experience over a 60% reduction in chronic low back pain and an overall increase in function and mobility that has lasted more than five years after the procedure date.
What is the Intracept® Procedure?
During an Intracept® Procedure, a tool called an introducer is inserted through a small incision in the back and advanced into the vertebrae.
A tube-like instrument is then passed through the introducer and into the vertebrae, creating a channel directly to the basivertebral nerve.
A specialized probe is then run through the channel and placed next to the nerve. Heat is passed through the probe and applied to the nerve. This stops the nerve from transmitting pain signals to the brain, resulting in pain relief.
What can I expect during the procedure?
You will receive sedation through an IV prior to the procedure. A nurse will bring you into the procedure room and lay you on your stomach on a special table. Our staff will clean your skin at the incision site and apply a local anesthetic to numb your skin.
After a small incision is made in the lower back, the physician will use a fluoroscope (a special kind of x-ray machine) to help guide the introducer to the appropriate site for the procedure.
The tube instrument is advanced through the introducer, creating the channel. The probe is then passed through the channel and placed next to the basivertebral nerve. A specialized machine generates heat, which is sent through the probe and applied directly to the nerve. The heat disrupts pain signals before they can reach the brain, which results in pain relief.
The instruments are then carefully removed. The incision is cleaned, stitched, and covered with a bandage.
What can I expect after the procedure?
You will be moved into the recovery area and monitored by a nurse for up to 60 minutes while the sedation wears off. You will need a driver to take you home upon discharge.
We suggest you take it easy for the remainder of the day. You may then resume normal activities the next day. You may experience tenderness or aggravated symptoms at the incision site for several days after the injection. Apply ice packs to help with this pain.
You will be instructed to avoid certain movements and strenuous activity for a period of time following the procedure. Your physician will discuss the best course of action with you prior to discharge.
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Schedule an appointment with Twin Cities Pain Clinic to discuss if the Intracept® Procedure can help with your chronic low back pain.
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