What is the Intracept procedure ?
Intracept is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to treat chronic low back pain that originates from the bones and joints of the spine. The procedure involves inserting a small device called an Intracept device into the vertebrae of the spine.
Here is a step-by-step overview of how the Intracept procedure works:
Pre-procedure evaluation: The patient undergoes a thorough evaluation to determine if they are a good candidate for the procedure. This evaluation may include imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRI scans.
Anesthesia: The patient is given local anesthesia to numb the area where the procedure will take place. Sedation may also be given to help the patient relax.
Access: The surgeon creates a small incision in the skin and muscle over the spine to access the vertebrae.
Insertion of Intracept device: The surgeon inserts the Intracept device into the vertebrae using X-ray guidance. The device is designed to deliver radiofrequency energy to the basivertebral nerve, which is a small nerve that transmits pain signals from the vertebrae to the brain.
Activation of device: Once the device is in place, the surgeon activates it to deliver radiofrequency energy to the basivertebral nerve. This energy destroys the nerve, preventing it from transmitting pain signals.
Closure: The incision is closed using sutures or staples, and a bandage is applied to the area.
Recovery: The patient is monitored in a recovery room for a short period of time before being discharged. Most patients can go home the same day as the procedure. Recovery time varies, but patients typically experience significant pain relief within a few weeks of the procedure.
It’s important to note that while the Intracept procedure can provide significant pain relief, it is not a cure for chronic low back pain. Patients are still encouraged to engage in physical therapy and other non-surgical treatments to manage their condition.