What is the Intracept Procedure?
The Intracept procedure is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is designed to treat chronic low back pain caused by degenerative disc disease. It involves inserting a specialized device into the patient's vertebral body through a small incision in the lower back. The device then delivers radiofrequency energy to the nerves that are causing the patient's pain. This energy destroys the targeted nerve tissue, providing relief from chronic low back pain.
The Intracept procedure has been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of chronic low back pain caused by degenerative disc disease. Clinical studies have shown that the procedure is safe and effective for the treatment of chronic low back pain.
How does the Intracept Procedure Work?
The Intracept procedure targets the basivertebral nerve, which is responsible for transmitting pain signals from the vertebral body to the brain. By destroying this nerve, the Intracept procedure effectively cuts off the source of the patient's chronic pain.
The Intracept procedure is performed under local anesthesia, and patients are typically able to go home the same day. The procedure takes less than an hour to perform, and patients can return to their normal activities within a few days. However, it is important to note that not all patients with chronic low back pain are candidates for the Intracept procedure, and the decision to undergo the procedure should be made in consultation with a qualified healthcare professional.
What are the Benefits of the Intracept Procedure?
The Intracept procedure offers several benefits over traditional back surgery. Because it is minimally invasive, it involves less trauma to the surrounding tissues, which means less pain and a faster recovery time. Additionally, the Intracept procedure targets the source of the patient's chronic pain, which means that it can provide long-term relief from low back pain.
What to expect after your Intracept Procedure
As with any medical procedure, there are potential side effects associated with the Intracept procedure. While many patients experience significant pain relief following the procedure, others may experience mild and temporary side effects such as increased pain at the procedure site, numbness or tingling in the legs or feet, and swelling or bruising at the procedure site. Following your provider’s aftercare instructions will help to decrease the risk of these side effects.
Following the Intracept procedure, it is important to carefully follow the aftercare instructions provided by your Clearway care team. You should avoid strenuous activities such as heavy lifting, bending, or twisting following the procedure. You may experience some pain or discomfort in the days following the procedure. Applying ice to the affected area for 20 minutes at a time can help to decrease pain and swelling. Your aftercare instructions may vary depending on your individual situation and the specifics of your procedure.
If you suffer from chronic low back pain and have not found relief with traditional treatments, the Intracept procedure may be an option for you. It is a minimally invasive solution that targets the source of your pain and can provide long-term relief. Your Clearway physician can help identify if Intracept is an appropriate treatment option for you.