Hear from Kourtney
“My best friend said to me I have not heard you talk about your back in so long.”
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.”
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.”
Multiple injections, multiple failed
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.
Hear from Kathy
“I was amazed at how well the procedure works. It’s like a brand new life.”
Hear from Dave
“I went scuba diving recently and had nothing, no pain, I just had goosebumps inside.”
Hear from Debbie E.
“It has turned my life around. It brings tears to my eyes to think about it right now.”
Hear from James
“I don’t have aching in my low back after a day of fishing or boating anymore.”
Never Saying No Because of Your Low Back Pain: That’s Living Proof
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As with any surgical procedure, there are risks and considerations associated with the Intracept Procedure. See important safety information below.
Patients: See the Indications & Risks Involved
The Intracept® Procedure is indicated for patients who have had chronic low back pain for at least six months, who have tried conservative care for at least six months, and whose MRI shows features consistent with Modic changes – indicating damage at the vertebral endplates has led to inflammation.
Not every patient who meets these criteria is a candidate for the Intracept Procedure, however – in fact, there are specific characteristics indicating a patient should not be considered for the procedure. These contraindications include being pregnant, having weakened cardiac or pulmonary function, having an implanted electronic medical device in the body (such as a pacemaker or defibrillator), being diagnosed with a systemic or local infection, or having an anatomy that could be damaged unintentionally while ablating the basivertebral nerve (based on your physicians’ clinical review). The Intracept Procedure is also contraindicated in patients who are skeletally immature – which generally means individuals under the age of 18 are not candidates. There are also certain risks and precautions regarding the procedure which you should be aware of before proceeding.
Talk with your doctor about what indicates, and contraindicates, certain patients for the Intracept Procedure – as well as the risks and precautions for the procedure.
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
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks and considerations associated with the Intracept Procedure. To review the contraindications, warnings, and precautions click here.