Reno Pain

Intracept Procedure

Written by Nevada Advanced Pain Specialists staff

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Nevada Advanced Pain Specialists First in Reno to Offer Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain the Intracept Procedure

The Intracept Procedure is a new, minimally invasive procedure that is clinically proven to relieve chronic low back pain.

Chronic low back pain (CLBP) impacts 30M people in the US with another 900K new occurrences each year. Low back pain is the most expensive occupational disorder in the US and a leading cause of disability worldwide. While both non-surgical and surgical options are available for people suffering with CLBP, the majority of CLBP sufferers do not get adequate relief from non-surgical treatments and are not surgical candidates.

While there are many causes of CLBP, one source of pain is transmitted from the basivertebral nerve. The basivertebral nerve is a nerve found within the bones of spine, called vertebrae. With age and degeneration of the spine, additional stress is placed on the vertebrae and can put pressure on the basivertebral nerve, which can lead to chronic low back pain.

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The Intracept Procedure is a minimally invasive procedure that is clinically proven to provide lasting relief of chronic low back pain. Following a 3-5mm incision, instruments are used to reach the basivertebral nerve and radiofrequency energy (heat) is used to ablate the basivertebral nerve, rendering it unable to transmit pain signals. Intracept is performed as an outpatient procedure with average time of approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. The procedure does not involve an implant and does not change the structure of the spine. A 225-patient clinical trial demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of the Intracept Procedure.

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About the Intracept Procedure

Relievant Medsystem’s FDA 510(k) cleared Intracept System is based on ground breaking anatomic research that identified and demonstrated the role of the basivertebral nerve (BVN) in generating low back pain from the vertebral body endplates. The procedure uses a trans-pedicular, minimally invasive approach to reach the BVN near the center of the vertebral body, and uses radiofrequency energy to ablate the nerve; once ablated, these nerves no longer transmit pain signals. Spine Surgeons and Interventional Pain Specialists perform the Intracept Procedure under image guidance in the outpatient setting, with the entire procedure taking approximately 80 minutes. Treated patients report nearly immediate relief of their back pain.

Please call Nevada Advanced Pain Specialists at (775) 284-8650 to learn more about this procedure, or ask your provider at your next appointment.