Indications & Risks

The Intracept® Procedure is indicated for patients who have had chronic low back pain for at least six months, who have tried conservative care for at least six months, and whose MRI shows features consistent with Modic changes – indicating damage at the vertebral endplates has led to inflammation.

Not every patient who meets these criteria is a candidate for Intracept, however – in fact, there are specific characteristics indicating a patient should not be considered for the procedure. These contraindications include being pregnant, having weakened cardiac or pulmonary function, having an implanted electronic medical device in the body (such as a pacemaker or defibrillator), being diagnosed with a systemic or local infection, or having an anatomy that could be damaged unintentionally while ablating the basivertebral nerve (based on your physicians’ clinical review). Intracept is also contraindicated in patients who are skeletally immature – which generally means individuals under the age of 18 are not candidates.

There are also certain risks and precautions regarding the procedure which you should be aware of before proceeding.

Talk with your doctor about what indicates, and contraindicates, certain patients for the Intracept procedure – as well as the risks and precautions for the procedure.

For a full list of Intracept’s indications, contraindications, risks, and precautions, please click here.