While there are numerous causes of persistent back pain, the majority of cases can be attributed to a condition known as vertebrogenic pain syndrome. This type of pain results from lumbar vertebral endplate change involving the basivertebral nerve that runs through the vertebral bodies. Years of weight-bearing and pressure on the low back structures can damage these vertebral end plates, causing irritation of the basivertebral nerve and triggering lower back pain.

The Intracept Procedure is a new outpatient, minimally invasive procedure for chronic vertebrogenic low back pain offered by Pain Management NYC. Intracept® addresses chronic low back pain by interrupting the transmission of pain signals from the damaged vertebral bones to the brain while preserving the spine’s structure.

Intracept Procedure Steps
Intracept Procedure Steps

During the Intracept® Procedure, the physician makes a single small incision along your spine to insert a tool called an introducer. A tube-like instrument is then passed through it, creating a direct channel to the basivertebral nerve. A specialized probe that generates radiofrequency energy (heat) is then run through the channel to effectively disable the nerve and provide a significant improvement in pain and function.


Is the Intracept® Procedure Right for Me?

You may be a candidate for Intracept® if 6 or more months of conservative care have failed to provide adequate relief for your chronic low back pain.

How Long Does the Procedure Take?

The procedure takes about 60 to 90 minutes to complete. Since it’s done on an outpatient basis, you’re able to go home later the same day.

What is the Recovery Time?

Because Intracept® is implant-free and preserves the structure of the spine, the recovery period is usually only a couple of days.

What Are the Outcomes?

According to three clinical trials sponsored by Relievant Medsystems, the company that developed the Intracept Procedure, 400 patients that received the procedure reported a 53% reduction in pain and restoration of function.

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Page Updated on May 10, 2022 by Dr. Boleslav Kosharskyy, MD (Pain Management Doctor)
Boleslav Kosharskyy, MD | Interventional Pain Management Doctor in New York City

Boleslav Kosharskyy, MD, is a top-rated, best-in-class interventional pain management doctor. He is board-certified in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine, and Palliative Care.

Dr. Kosharskyy is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine at Albert Einstein Medical College. He’s also the Associate Medical Director of Pain Medicine and Director of Anesthesia for the Joint Replacement Center at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein Medical College.

He is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA), the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), and the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists (NYSSA)

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