Intracept Procedure, which is intended to intracept and interrupt the transmission of pain signals from the internal nerve inside the vertebral bone to the spinal cord and the brain.

The branches of the basivertebral nerve extend from the center of the boney vertebrae to the upper and lower surfaces of the vertebrae. With age and degeneration of the spine, additional stress can be placed on the vertebrae which can put pressure on the basivertebral nerve — leading to chronic low back pain. For those with chronic pain, this basivertebral nerve can be stuck in the “active” position, sending pain signals to the brain continually, never ceasing.


With the Intracept procedure, the physician will create a small incision in the low back and using a radiofrequency probe they will access the center of the vertebrae at the trunk of the basivertebral nerve. The nerve is then desensitized using heat applied through the probe. This ceases the nerve from actively sending any more pain signals to the brain. Rock Hill Radiology is proud to be one of the only radiology groups in the area to offer such a life changing service.

Frequently Asked Questions About Intracept Procedure:

Who Typically qualifies for Intracept Procedure?

This procedure is specifically for those patients living with chronic lower back pain for more than 6 months and have not being able to acquire adequate pain relief from other care options.

How long does the procedure take? 

The average time for the completion of the Intracept Procedure is about 1 hour and 30 minutes. The procedure, although minimally invasion, takes place in a surgical operating room. The patient typically goes home the same day. 
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