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Holy Name One of Select Few Hospitals in New Jersey to Offer Breakthrough Treatment for Chronic Back Pain

Intracept® Procedure offers minimally invasive relief for patients with chronic low back pain

June 17, 2022

Holy Name Medical Center is among the first in the region to offer an innovative approach to provide relief for patients suffering from chronic low back pain who are not candidates for major spinal surgery. The breakthrough treatment is the Intracept® Procedure – a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure which targets a nerve located in the bones of the spine (vertebrae).

During the procedure, Dr. Samyadev Datta, a Pain Management Specialist, advances a specialized probe into the vertebrae and uses radiofrequency energy (heat) to cauterize the nerve, rendering it unable to transmit pain signals. Intracept takes approximately 45-60 minutes and is implant-free.

"We're proud to offer our patients with chronic back pain the latest treatment that allows them to regain their quality of life," says Dr. Datta. “The Intracept procedure represents a shift in how we treat their pain."

Patients historically have been treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, which may prolong chronic pain and eventually cause liver damage. The Intracept Procedure may be ideal for people suffering with chronic low back pain of at least six months duration that has not responded to at least six months of conservative care.

The Intracept Procedure is supported by multiple clinical studies, including two Level I randomized controlled trials and five-year data showing patient outcomes last long-term. Key findings include:

  • Statistically significant improvements in function and pain vs sham and standard care1,2
  • Improvements post-procedure are durable, lasting more than five years post-treatment3
  • Significant decrease in the number of patients using opioids or injections long-term3
Interviews with Dr. Datta are available upon request.

1Fischgrund 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

2Khalil J, Smuck M, Koreckij T, Keel J, Beall D, Goodman B, Kalapos K, Nguyen D, Garfin S. A Prospective, Randomized, Multi-Center Study of Intraosseous 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.

3Fischgrund 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.