Getting Back to Life.

Meet just a few of the patients who proudly tell their stories: The pain, finding Intracept, and living the proof of returning to their old pain-free selves.

Shaun H

Hear from Bill

For the first time in 19 years, I don’t hurt.

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Shaun H

Hear from Alison

“I was one of the first people to have the Intracept Procedure…it’s been 5 1/2 years that I’ve been pain free.”

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Shaun H

Hear from Michael

“I can pretty much do anything that I want to do.”

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Hear from Kourtney

“My best friend said to me I have not heard you talk about your back in so long.”

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Jeff V

Hear from Jeff

“I’m back in the gym every day. It’s been seven years since I’ve squatted or did a dead lift.”

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Lori P

Hear from Lori

“Every activity I’ve had to quit, I’ve taken back up… I am in the best shape of my life. I have no pain.”

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Shaun H

Hear from Shaun

“I could finally be who I’m supposed to be.”

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Debbie’s Story

Multiple injections, multiple failed
approaches—nothing worked.

After years of chronic low back pain and multiple failed approaches, Debbie wasn’t able to enjoy her active lifestyle anymore – the medications, the physical therapy, the visits to the chiropractor, and the multiple injections just didn’t work.

She thought she had explored all her options and was disheartened when her doctor suggested a lumbar fusion – she just didn’t want surgery.

That’s when Debbie spoke to Dr. Kevin Macadaeg at the Indiana Spine Group. After a physical exam and review of her MRI, Dr. Macadaeg identified Debbie’s pain as vertebrogenic, originating from damaged endplates, and recommended the Intracept® Procedure.

“Getting to know Debbie, she had a perfect story for someone we would expect with this type of back pain – multilevel degenerative disc with Modic changes,” said Dr. Macadaeg.

Five days after her Intracept procedure, Debbie swam for 30 minutes pain-free. Her back pain was gone and she began living her active lifestyle again. “My husband, who is 10 years younger than me, told me I make him feel old because of all I am doing these days. It’s incredible,” said Debbie.

Debbie E.

Hear from Kathy

“I was amazed at how well the procedure works. It’s like a brand new life.”

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Hear from Debbie B.

“I feel fantastic. I have no pain. It’s been amazing.”

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Hear from Dave

“I went scuba diving recently and had nothing, no pain, I just had goosebumps inside.”

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Hear from Karen

“It’s just been life changing—for me, and for my family.”

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Hear from Debbie E.

“It has turned my life around. It brings tears to my eyes to think about it right now.”

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Hear from James

“I don’t have aching in my low back after a day of fishing or boating anymore.”

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Hear from Alison

“I have really been able to experience life as I’ve always felt I should.”

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Never Saying No Because of Your Low Back Pain: That’s Living Proof

Chronic low back pain steals so much from life. But until Relievant dove deep inside the vertebra, no one even knew it existed. Now we can diagnose and treat it with the proven, durable relief of the Intracept Procedure.

Curious? Let’s live the proof of the Intracept Procedure together.

Proven Relief of Vertebrogenic Pain


of patients in a recent long-term study would have the Intracept Procedure again for the same condition.


rate of serious device or procedure-related complications reported.


patients reported they had resumed the level of activity they enjoyed prior to low back pain in a recent long-term study.


of research.

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As with any surgical procedure, there are risks and considerations associated with the Intracept Procedure. See important safety information below.

Physicians: See Indications, Contraindications, and Risks

The Intracept Procedure Intraosseous Nerve Ablation 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 features consistent with Type 1 or Type 2 Modic changes on an MRI such as inflammation, edema, vertebral endplate changes, disruption and fissuring of the endplate, vascularized fibrous tissues within the adjacent marrow, hypointensive signals (Type 1 Modic change), and changes to the vertebral body marrow including replacement of normal bone marrow by fat, and hyperintensive signals (Type 2 Modic change).

Use of the Intracept Procedure Intraosseous Nerve Ablation System is contraindicated in:

  • Patients with severe cardiac or pulmonary compromise
  • Patients where the targeted ablation zone is < 10 mm away from a sensitive structure not intended to be ablated, including the vertebral foramen (spinal canal)
  • Patients with active systemic infection or local infection in the area to be treated
  • Patients who are pregnant
  • Skeletally immature patients (generally < 18 years of age)
  • Patients with active implantable pulse generators (e.g., pacemakers, defibrillators)
  • Situations where unintended tissue damage may result, based on the clinical assessment by the physician
  • Application with electrosurgical instruments NOT tested and specified for use with the Relievant RFG
Patients: See the Indications & Risks Involved
  • The Intracept Access Instruments and the Intracept RF Probe are single patient use only. The Introducer Cannula, Diamond Stylet, Bevel Stylet, J-Stylet, Straight Stylet, Drill, and Probe may be used to treat up to a maximum of four (4) vertebrae (L3, L4, L5, S1) on a single patient, while the Curved Cannula may only be used on one (1) vertebra on a single patient.
  • As with any surgical instrument, careful attention must be exercised to ensure that excessive force is not placed on the Instruments or Probe. Excessive force can result in product failure.
  • Prior to the procedure, CT or MRI imaging must be utilized to help define the desired treatment site and define working anatomical landmarks that can be used for mapping access to the treatment site.
  • The device should be manipulated only while under fluoroscopic or CT observation.
  • DO NOT use this device in the presence of flammable anesthetics, other flammable gases or objects, near flammable fluids such as skin prepping agents and tinctures, or oxidizing agents. Observe appropriate fire precautions at all times. There is a risk of pooling of flammable solutions under the patient or in body depressions and cavities.
  • Fluids pooled in the body depressions and cavities of the patient should be mopped up before RFG is used.
  • There is a danger of ignition of endogenous gases (e.g., cotton and gauze saturated with oxygen may be ignited by sparks produced during normal use of the RFG).
  • Operator may choose to use smoke-plume extraction apparatus, though the indicated procedure is unlikely to produce noticeable smoke
  • The Probe is for use WITHOUT a neutral electrode (ie., a grounding pad).
  • Discontinue use if inaccurate, erratic or sluggish temperature readings are observed. Use of damaged equipment may cause patient injury.
  • Prior to operation, visually inspect the Probe and RF for physical damage, obvious cracks in insulation or loose parts.
  • During power delivery, the cable should not come in direct contact with the patient's skin or other patient leads.
  • Safety and effectiveness in patients with conditions that are associated with poor bone quality such as osteoporosis have not been established.


Use of the Intracept Intraosseous Nerve Ablation System is contraindicated in:

  • Patients with severe cardiac or pulmonary compromise
  • Patients with active implantable pulse generators (e.g. pacemakers, defibrillators)
  • Patients where the targeted ablation zone is < 10 mm away from a sensitive structure not intended to be ablated, including the vertebral foramen (spinal canal)
  • Patients with active systemic infection or local infection in the area to be treated
  • Patients who are pregnant
  • Skeletally immature patients (generally ≤ 18 years of age)


  • Do not use if package is opened or damaged as product integrity and/or sterility may be compromised.
  • Do not use after the expiration date has passed as product integrity and/or sterility may be compromised.
  • Do not re-sterilize or reuse. Re-sterilization or reuse may result in cross contamination, patient infection, or device malfunction.
  • Reconditioning, refurbishing, repair or modification of the device to enable further use is prohibited.
  • Do not use this product if you have not been properly trained in its use. Physicians using the device should be familiar with the physiology and pathology of the selected anatomy to be treated and be trained in the performance of the chosen surgical technique. Improper surgical use and technique may lead to suboptimal clinical outcomes.
  • Read and understand the Instructions For Use ("IFU*) completely prior to use.
  • The Intracept System must be used with the Relievant Medsystems RF Generator in order to provide the required treatment parameters.
  • Failure of the RFG could result in an unintended increase of output power to the Probe.
  • The Intracept RF Probe may interfere and adversely influence the operation of other electronic equipment.