Intracept Specialist

Eric K. Fanaee, MD -  - Board Certified in Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology

Eric K. Fanaee, MD

Board Certified in Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology located in West Islip, NY, Smithtown, NY & Bethpage, NY

When your chronic low back pain fails to improve with nonsurgical treatments, you may be considering spine surgery. But with advances in medical treatments, less invasive options are available, such as the Intracept® Procedure. At his practice in West Islip, Smithtown, and Bethpage, New York, Eric K. Fanaee, MD, performs the Intracept Procedure to help his patients get relief from their low back pain without surgery. Find out more about this minimally invasive treatment by calling the office of Dr. Eric K. Fanaee, MD, or scheduling an appointment online today.

Intracept Q & A

What is the Intracept Procedure?

The Intracept Procedure is a minimally invasive treatment for chronic low back pain.

The procedure targets the basivertebral nerve, which is a sensory nerve found in the bones of the vertebrae. This nerve branches out and innervates the vertebral endplates, which are the parts of the vertebrae that sandwich the intervertebral discs. 

It’s commonly thought that changes to the intervertebral discs that cushion your vertebrae cause chronic low back pain. Current research suggests that degeneration of the vertebral endplates may be the more common cause, irritating the nerve branches from the basivertebral nerve. 

With the Intracept Procedure, Dr. Fanaee heats and destroys the basivertebral nerve with radiofrequency energy, stopping the transmission of the pain signals. 

Am I a candidate for the Intracept Procedure?

Dr. Fanaee determines if you’re a candidate for the Intracept Procedure after a consultation. 

You may be a candidate for the minimally invasive treatment if you have chronic low back pain and an MRI shows you have changes to a vertebral endplate. These are known as Modic changes. 

However, Dr. Fanaee may only recommend the Intracept Procedure if you continue to have pain after trying nonsurgical treatments for at least six months.

You may not be a candidate for the procedure if you’re pregnant, have weakened heart or lung function, or have an implanted electronic device such as a pacemaker.

What happens during the Intracept Procedure?

Dr. Fanaee reviews the specifics of your Intracept Procedure at your consultation so you know what to expect. 

He starts the procedure by making a small incision in your back. Then, using fluoroscopic-guided imaging, he inserts the Intracept Introducer Cannula into the vertebral bone, creating a channel to the basivertebral nerve.

Dr. Fanaee uses the Intracept Radiofrequency Probe to heat and destroy the nerve. 

Depending on the findings from your MRI, Dr. Fanaee may treat more than one vertebra.

What can I expect after the Intracept Procedure?

Dr. Fanaee recommends you take it easy for a short period of time following your Intracept Procedure, giving your body a chance to heal. The time frame for pain relief following the minimally invasive treatment varies, but some people feel improvement right away. 

Your pain relief may last five or more years. 

To see if you’re a candidate for the Intracept Procedure, call the office of Dr. Eric K. Fanaee, MD, or schedule an appointment online today.