About 16 million American adults suffer from chronic low back pain. Whether the pain persists for weeks, months, or years, it erodes your overall health and your quality of life.
Various treatment options for back pain exist, but finding effective relief isn’t always easy. Eric Fanaee, MD, and our team are dedicated to changing that. Dr. Fanaee specializes in the Intracept procedure — a cutting-edge, minimally invasive treatment that offers hope for people suffering from debilitating lower back pain.
If you’re tired of trying back pain treatments that don’t work, here’s what you need to know about Intracept.
What is the Intracept procedure?
The Intracept procedure is a minimally invasive treatment that targets your basivertebral nerve, which is responsible for transmitting pain signals from your vertebral endplates to your brain. It’s the source of certain types of chronic low back pain.
During the procedure, Dr. Fanaee inserts a small probe into your vertebrae. The probe emits radiofrequency energy, targeting your basivertebral nerve and effectively disrupting its ability to transmit pain signals. By blocking the nerve's pain signals, the Intracept procedure can provide significant pain relief and improve your overall quality of life.
Because Intracept is minimally invasive, it comes with lower risks than traditional open surgery. However, like any medical intervention, there are potential risks and complications to consider.
Possible complications of the Intracept procedure include infection, bleeding, nerve injury, or allergic reactions. It’s important to note that serious complications are rare, and the benefits of effective pain relief often outweigh the risks.
What you need to know about Intracept
The Intracept procedure is rapidly becoming the go-to treatment for certain types of chronic low back pain. It offers a range of benefits for patients.
Intracept is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure
Unlike traditional back surgeries, the Intracept procedure is minimally invasive and it doesn’t require a hospital stay. We administer local anesthesia, and Dr. Fanaee makes a small incision along your spine, guiding the probe with advanced imaging.
The procedure typically takes about an hour. We perform Intracept procedures on an outpatient basis, which means you can go home the same day.
Is Intracept FDA approved?
Yes, the Intracept procedure is FDA approved for chronic low back pain in a number of specific cases. The INTRACEPT® Intraosseous Nerve Ablation System from Relievant Medsystems, Inc. is intended for patients who have not responded to conservative treatment approaches for pain that has persisted for a minimum of 6 months. The Intracept Procedure is a minimally invasive, FDA-approved treatment that stops your chronic low back pain at the source..
Intracept offers an alternative to conservative therapies
Not all individuals with chronic low back pain are good candidates for the Intracept procedure, and Dr. Fanaee can determine if it’s an appropriate option for you after conducting a thorough physical exam and reviewing your medical history, including the other back pain treatments you’ve tried.
If your low back pain originates from your basivertebral nerve and you haven’t found relief with conservative therapies, he may recommend the Intracept procedure.
Intracept promotes rapid recovery
Because it’s minimally invasive, the Intracept procedure offers a shorter recovery period compared to conventional back surgeries. Most people can resume their daily activities within a few days, and some even experience immediate pain relief.
Although individual recovery times may vary, the procedure generally allows for a quicker return to work and a more active lifestyle.
If you’re living with chronic low back pain, the Intracept procedure could offer you a better quality of life. To get started, schedule a consultation with Dr. Fanaee online or call 631-265-2020 to find out more about this revolutionary procedure.