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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.

Some of the measures that are followed to prevent sports-related injuries include:

  • Follow an exercise program to strengthen the muscles.

  • Gradually increase your exercise level and avoid overdoing the exercise.

  • Ensure that you wear properly-fitted protective gear such as elbow guards, eye gear, facemasks, mouth guards and pads, comfortable clothes, and athletic shoes before playing any sports activity, which will help reduce the chances of injury.

  • Make sure that you follow warm-up and cool-down exercises before and after the sports activity. Exercises will help stretch muscles, increase flexibility and reduce soft tissue injuries.

  • Avoid exercising immediately after eating a large meal.

  • Maintain a healthy diet, which will nourish the muscles.

  • Avoid playing when you are injured or tired. Take a break for some time after playing.

  • Learn all the rules of the game you are participating in.

  • Ensure that you are physically fit to play the sport.