The Intracept® Procedure – the minimally-invasive procedure clinically proven to relieve chronic low back pain
Dr. Warren Grace, a board-certified interventional pain management specialist, was the first of Hudson Regional Hospital’s physicians to offer and complete the Intracept® Procedure. Hudson Regional Hospital is among the first in Northern New Jersey to offer this innovative approach to provide relief for patients suffering from chronic low back pain.
The Intracept® Procedure is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure which targets a nerve located in the bones of the spine (vertebrae). During the procedure, Dr. Grace advances a specialized probe into the vertebrae and uses radiofrequency energy (heat) to disable the nerve, rendering it unable to transmit pain signals. Intracept takes approximately 60-90 minutes and is implant-free.
A recent clinical study on the Intracept® Procedure found statistically significant improvements in function and pain levels (1, 2), post-procedure improvements lasting over five years (3), and a significant decrease in the number of patients using opioids or injections long-term (3). Nearly 80% of patients indicated that they would have the procedure again for the same condition (3).
Hudson County area residents interested in learning more about the Intracept® Procedure can visit www.HudsonRegionalHospital.com or call (201) 392-3100 for more information.
(1) Fischgrund J et al., Intraosseous Basivertebral Nerve Ablation for the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain: A Prospective Randomized Double-Blind Sham-Controlled Multicenter Study. European Spine Journal. Epub February 8, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00586-018-5496-1
(2) Khalil J, Smuck M, Koreckij T, Keel J, Beall D, Goodman B, Kalapos K, Nguyen D, Garfin S. A Prospective, Randomized, Multi-Center Study ofIntraosseous Basivertebral Nerve Ablation for the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain presented at the American Society of Spine Radiology Annual Symposium; February 22, 2019; Miami, FL.
(3) Fischgrund JS, Rhyne A, Macadaeg K, Moore G, Kamrava E, Yeung C, et al. Long-term outcomes following intraosseous basivertebral nerve ablation for the treatment of chronic low back pain: 5-year treatment arm results from a prospective randomized double-blind sham-controlled multi-center study. Eur Spine J. epub May 25, 2020. https://doi.org/10.