Relievant Medsystem’s Intracept System is based on groundbreaking 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. Dr. Giuffrida performs 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. The Intracept System is intended to be used in conjunction with radiofrequency (RF) generators for the ablation of basivertebral nerves of the L3 through S1 vertebrae for the relief of chronic low back pain of at least six months duration that has not responded to at least six months of conservative care and is also accompanied by either Type 1 or Type 2 Modic changes on an MRI.
Intracept is a minimally invasive procedure that integrates two decades of scientific research on the basivertebral nerve and its role in CLBP. Following a small incision, instruments and Xray guidance is used to reach the basivertebral nerve. Once the correct position is verified radiofrequency energy, or heat, ablates the basivertebral nerve which in turn will stop the transmission of pain signals. Intracept is an outpatient procedure, which does not involve an implant or change the structure of the spine.