Location: Lower Back

Intracept Procedure

The Intracept procedure is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure for patients with vertebrogenic pain caused by damage to vertebral endplates, the interface between the disc and the vertebral body.

Disc degeneration, and the wear and tear that occurs with everyday living, produces stresses on the endplates that damage them, leading to inflammation and vertebrogenic pain. This pain often increases with physical activity, prolonged sitting, bending forward or with bending and lifting. To confirm that a patient has vertebrogenic pain, physicians use MRI to look for specific changes that occur with endplate inflammation, which are called Modic changes.

During this procedure, an Intracept RF Generator is used to deliver radiofrequency energy that ablates the basivertebral nerve and has been shown to improve function and relieve pain long-term. The procedure is implant-free, preserving future treatment options for other spine conditions.

Nearly 80 percent of patients in a recent long-term study said they would have the Intracept Procedure again for the same condition. After five years, 65 percent of patients reported they had resumed the level of activity they enjoyed prior to low back pain. Learn more from patients who’ve had the procedure.

Our skilled specialists can perform the Intracept procedure at our on-site, state-of-the-art procedure center. Contact us today to learn more. We’re here to help you get your life back.