A new treatment is available at Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics from Theodore Koreckij, M.D., orthopedic spine surgeon. The treatment, called the Intracept® Procedure, is an outpatient, minimally invasive procedure for relief of chronic low back pain. Intracept is indicated for patients who have experienced low back pain for more than six months and have not responded to nonsurgical treatments.
The Intracept Procedure blocks transmission of pain signals from the basivertebral nerve, which is located in the bones of the spine (vertebrae). To perform the procedure, Dr. Koreckij advances a specialized probe into the vertebrae through a small incision in the lower back. Once the Intracept probe is positioned at the precise location of the pain-sensing basivertebral nerve, it uses radiofrequency energy (heat) to disable the nerve, rendering it unable to transmit pain signals.
Here is a short video about the Intracept Procedure and how it works.
Results: Decreased Low Back Pain
Dr. Koreckij has been performing the FDA-cleared procedure as part of a second Level I Clinical Study since September 2017. The study, which was designed to corroborate and confirm the results of the first clinical study, closed enrollment earlier this year with superior results. According to Relievant Medsystems, the company that developed the Intracept Procedure, study participants reported a greater than 50 percent decrease in pain at their three-month follow up.
As a result of the study’s successful completion, the Intracept Procedure is now available commercially. Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics, located inside Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute, is currently one of only two facilities in a six-state region to offer the procedure.
“When it comes to back pain treatments, it’s rare to halt a study ahead of schedule, so the early completion speaks volumes about the positive outcomes we can achieve with the Intracept Procedure,” Dr. Koreckij said. “I am thrilled to offer this option to help improve quality of life for people with chronic low back pain.”
About Dr. Koreckij, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon
A board-certified and fellowship-trained spine surgeon, Dr. Koreckij specializes in a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatment options for adult degenerative disorders of the spine and conditions associated with metastatic disease. His commitment to evidence-based medicine and staying current in the latest treatments for spine diseases led to his involvement in the INTRACEPT study.
To consult with Dr. Koreckij about the Intracept Procedure or other treatment options for back and neck pain, call 913-319-7600. New patients may also request an appointment online.