A small probe is inserted into the vertebral body of the affected disc through a small incision in the skin, and a small heating element at the end of the probe is activated. The heating element delivers radiofrequency energy to the nerves that transmit pain signals from the disc. The energy heats up and damages the nerves, which can reduce or eliminate chronic low back pain caused by degenerative disc disease. The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, and the probe is guided to the affected area using imaging technology such as fluoroscopy. the procedure typically takes about 60-90 minutes, and patients can usually go home the same day or the day after the procedure. Patients may experience some discomfort at the site of the procedure for a few days but can typically return to their regular activities within a few days.
Minimally invasive: Intracept is a minimally invasive procedure that causes less pain and scarring than traditional open surgeries.
It’s important to note that while Intracept can offer several benefits, it may not be appropriate for all patients and conditions. Your doctor can help determine whether Intracept is right for you
If you are suffering from chronic low back pain caused by degenerative disc disease, Intracept may be a good option for you. It is a safe and effective procedure that can provide significant relief from your symptoms and help you get back to your regular activities faster than with traditional open surgeries. Talk to Dr Nasiek about whether Intracept is right for you.