The Pain Institute of Long Island was the first to offer this breakthrough treatment for patients with chronic low back pain. The Intracept Procedure is a new, minimally invasive outpatient procedure which targets a nerve located in the bones of the spine (vertebrae) and is clinically proven to relieve chronic low back pain.
Chronic low back pain is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. The majority of those who suffer from chronic low back pain do not find adequate relief from conservative treatments and are not surgical candidates.
One cause of chronic low back pain is stress-led microfractures of the vertebral body endplates. Back injury, genetic makeup, and other factors can cause degeneration of the spine and lead to microfractures. The basivertebral nerve is located within the vertebral body and transmits pain from the vertebral body endplates, causing 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
“Other than surgery, we’ve never had anything to offer patients suffering from debilitating chronic low back pain that have failed conservative therapy. With the Intracept Procedure, we are embarking on a paradigm shift in how we treat chronic low back pain. The significant improvement in pain and function demonstrated by the Intracept Procedure provides clear proof of the effectiveness of this treatment,” – Dr. Durkin, Medical Director of the Pain Institute of Long Island.