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Intracept® is a minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure available across the United States that has been shown to improve function and reduce pain long-term in patients with chronic low back pain.

How does it work? 

Many patients with CLBP are told their pain is discogenic – pain originating from the discs located between the spinal vertebrae. But research over the past 30 years has shown that for many of these patients, their pain actually comes from their vertebral endplates – the bone on either side of the disc. This type of pain is known as vertebrogenic pain.

Intracept is a minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure for patients with vertebrogenic pain. The Procedure targets a specific nerve within the vertebra called the basivertebral nerve, and has been shown to improve function and decrease pain – allowing many patients to return to a level of activity they enjoy.

Is Intracept an option for you?

Intracept was designed to help patients with vertebrogenic pain – a specific type of CLBP. You may be a candidate for Intracept if you:

  • Have had chronic low back pain for at least 6 months
  • Have tried conservative care for at least 6 months and the relief hasn't lasted



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Intracept - Post Operative Instructions

Incision Care: If there is a dressing, you may remove it on the morning after surgery BEFORE your shower. If Surgical Glue is used expect it will slowly peel off within 14 days. Please call us with any changes or concerns such as: redness, swelling or drainage at incision site, or temperature greater than 101°. (Clear liquid drainage in the first 24 hours is normal).

Bathing: You may shower after you remove your dressing on the morning after surgery; avoid scrubbing the incision site for 72 hours. No baths or swimming until approved by the physician or physician assistant at your follow up appointment.


For 2 weeks after surgery:

  • No strenuous activity

  • No lifting greater than 10lbs

Exercise: Increase your light activity, such as walking, as tolerated.

Driving: You may drive the day after the procedure if you feel okay to do so. Do not drive if you are taking pain medications.

Diet: Eat a healthy diet to promote healing.

Smoking: Avoid smoking. Smoking decreases the rate of bone and skin healing and also interferes with the effectiveness of pain medication.

Follow-Up: You may experience soreness in your back for up to 7 days. You will have a post-operative appointment 2 weeks after surgery.

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