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Dr. Mark C. Valente Among First Surgeons to Perform Groundbreaking New Procedure for Chronic Lower Back Pain

Dr Valente performs new intracept procedure

In the spirit of innovation that has helped make DISC Spine Institute an industry leader in back pain care and minimally invasive surgical treatments, the company has announced that Doctor Mark C. Valente is one of the first surgeons in the country performing a new FDA-approved, minimally invasive, non-fusion, outpatient procedure for low back pain called Intracept®.

Only 600 Intracept procedures have been done so far, but, between the sheer number of back pain pain sufferers in this country and the advantages of this minimally invasive procedure, many more are surely on the horizon.


Treating chronic low back pain (CLBP)

About 30 million people suffer or have suffered from chronic low back pain (CLBP), and there are almost 900,000 new instances every year. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke says that, “About 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes.” CLBP is also “the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work days,” they said, so it’s likely costing you more than you realize.

Everyone has a different degree of pain and pain tolerance level, but, for many, the condition is debilitating. If that sounds like you and you’ve already tried several treatments for back pain with no significant decrease in pain, it may be time to look into Intracept.


What is Intracept?

Intracept is a clinically proven treatment for chronic axial low back pain. Chronic axial lower back pain is commonly caused by disc degeneration and microfractures of the vertebral body endplates. Those microfractures can be caused by everything from a back injury to genetic conditions, and when the basivertebral nerve gets involved, low back pain is the result.

Intracept was created to counteract the pain caused by the basivertebral nerve. The procedure is minimally invasive, requiring only a 3–5 millimeter incision, and radiofrequency energy to ablate the basivertebral nerve. That stops the nerve from being able to transmit pain signals. This outpatient procedure can take as little as 15  minutes. The procedure has been clinically proven to be safe and effective, and provide long-term relief for chronic lower back pain.

Are you a candidate?

Do you have chronic lower back pain? If you have been suffering for at least six months and other conservative treatments have not provided sufficient relief, Intracept may be for you. One call to DISC Spine can get the conversation started. If you have recently had an MRI, DISC Spine may be able to do a free MRI review to shed more light on your condition or even adjust your diagnosis.

When it’s time to put an end to your pain, visit DISC Spine Institute, experts in minimally invasive treatments, the most effective medical procedures to treat and eliminate chronic back pain today. Minimally invasive surgical techniques mean treating chronic back pain is easier than ever, with outpatient treatments, small incisions, and a quicker recovery time instead of a long hospital stay.

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