Many Canadians suffer from lower back pain. A lot of money is spent on chiropractors, massage therapists, and physiotherapists trying to alleviate the pain. When all conservative methods fail, a minimally invasive procedure can be considered. It is called Intracept or basivertebral nerve ablation. It is not yet offered in Canada.
With the Intracept procedure, the physician makes a 3mm to 5mm incision in the lower back. A radiofrequency probe is then inserted to access the center of the vertebrae at the trunk of the basivertebral nerve. Then heat is applied through the probe desensitizing the nerve making it unable to transmit a pain signal.
The procedure is very minimally invasive and does not change the structure of the spine, thus the recovery time is faster and the risk of complication is low. The procedure is done under general anesthesia. You will need a responsible travel companion to come pick you up and take you back to your hotel room for recovery.
To be a good candidate for this procedure very specific requirements have to be met. Modic changes in the spine have to be present. Modic changes are bone marrow lesions seen within a vertebral body on MRI. These changes are suggestive of being associated with low back pain.
Health Vantis can arrange a consultation with a neurosurgeon to review your MRI and see if you may be a good candidate for this procedure. To find out more reach out to us by email email@example.com or toll-free 877 344 3544