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Intracept Procedure

APEX Spine and Neurosurgery

Neurosurgery & Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery located in Suwanee, GA & Bethlehem, GA

Low back pain caused by vertebral damage is highly treatable with the help of Apex Spine and Neurosurgery in Alpharetta, Bethlehem, Columbus, and Suwanee, Georgia. Its exceptional neurosurgeons offer the Intracept® Procedure that targets specific nerves to ease discomfort. Schedule an appointment at Apex Spine and Neurosurgery by phone or request one online today to determine if you’re a candidate for this pain-reducing procedure. 

Intracept Procedure Q & A

What is the Intracept Procedure?

The Intracept Procedure is a minimally invasive treatment that reduces vertebrogenic (vertebral) pain in the lower back. The treatment targets a basivertebral nerve, improving spinal function and diminishing long-term discomfort. It’s a highly effective outpatient procedure that doesn’t involve an implant or a long recovery.

Who is a candidate for the Intracept Procedure?

Candidates for the Intracept Procedure are those with low back pain lasting more than six months who haven’t received adequate relief with conservative options. The procedure is effective when the cause of low back discomfort is tied to the basivertebral nerve within a vertebral bone in your spine. 

How does the Intracept Procedure work? 

The Intracept Procedure works to ease low back pain using radiofrequency energy. It interrupts pain signal transmission from a vertebral nerve to the brain and spinal cord. Apex Spine and Neurosurgery offers this treatment to reduce the pain signals to the brain responsible for your discomfort. 

What happens during the Intracept Procedure?

During the Intracept Procedure, your provider numbs the area and offers a sedative to relax you or general anesthesia to help you fall asleep.

They make a tiny incision and use fluoroscopic guidance to insert a cannula into the basivertebral nerve. They insert a probe that delivers radiofrequency heat to ablate (damage) the basivertebral nerve and desensitize it, reducing the nerve’s ability to transmit pain signals. 

This procedure typically lasts about 60-90 minutes, and you can often go home the same day. 

What should I expect after an Intracept Procedure?

After the procedure, have a family member or friend drive you home and stay with you. Follow your post-procedure instructions to ensure optimal recovery. Avoid strenuous activity until given the okay, and take any medications as directed to eliminate discomfort. 

Common side effects after an Intracept Procedure include soreness near the incision for several days, minor swelling, or bruising. Attend all follow-up appointments and call the Apex Spine and Neurosurgery office with any questions. Full recovery often takes about 1-2 weeks. 

Schedule an evaluation at Apex Spine and Neurosurgery by phone or request one online today to determine if you’re a candidate for the Intracept Procedure.