Clinical Studies

Chronic Low Back Pain?

If you suffer from chronic low back pain, you may be a candidate for the INTRACEPT Clinical Study. The study is evaluating the Intracept Procedure – a minimally invasive procedure for the relief of chronic low back pain.

Chronic Back Pain

Initial Qualification Criteria

Ages 25 to 70

History of chronic low back pain for at least six (6) months

Have not received adequate relief through non-operative, conservative treatments of at least six (6) months

Available to complete specific tests, questionnaires, and follow-up visits over a 24-month period

If you qualify and choose to participate, you will be treated by Dr. Nguyen and will receive all study-related care at no cost. This includes the Intracept Procedure, as well as any examinations or visits associated with the study.

What causes chronic low back pain?

Although chronic low back pain has many causes, it is believed that one of the key contributing factors is the basivertebral nerve. The basivertebral nerve is a pain-sensing nerve that is embedded within the bones of the spine called vertebrae. This nerve branches to the surfaces of the vertebrae, exposing it to the everyday movements and stresses placed on the spine. 

Over time, accumulated stress on the vertebrae can put pressure against this exposed nerve, causing severe low back pain – even during normal, everyday movement. The pain triggered by the nerve may force sufferers to avoid a variety of activities, taking a substantial toll on overall quality of life.

Vertebrae Nerve

The Intracept® Procedure for Chronic Low Back Pain

If you suffer from chronic low back pain, you may be a candidate for the INTRACEPT Clinical Study.

The study is evaluating the Intracept Procedure – a minimally invasive procedure for the relief of chronic low back pain.

During the procedure, Dr. Nguyen makes a small (3-5mm) incision in the lower back. Following this, a specialized probe is advanced into the vertebrae and positioned at the precise location of the pain-sensing basivertebral nerve. Once positioned, the Intracept probe uses radiofrequency energy (heat) to disable the basivetebral nerve, rendering it unable to transmit pain signals.

Indications and Risks:

The Intracept Intraosseous Nerve Ablation System in 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 either Type 1 or Type 2 Modic changes on an MRI.

The information provided by the Relievant Medsystems, Inc. is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The Intracept Procedure, as with any surgical procedure, has risks that should be discussed with Dr. Nguyen.

Intracept Procedure Steps

Step 1 Intracept Procedure

Step 1

The intracept probe advanced into vertebrae and positioned at the basivertebral nerve.

Step 2 Intracept Procedure

Step 2

Radiofrequency energy (heat) is delivered to the nerve.

Step 3 Intracept Procedure

Step 3

The nerve is disabled, rendering it unable to transmit pain signals.

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