Basivertebral Nerve Radiofrequency Ablation

What is BVN RFA?
A minimally invasive out-patient procedure for patients with vertebrogenic pain. The procedure targets a specific nerve within the vertebra called the basivertebral nerve. The procedure is implant free and has been shown to long term pain relief without the need for repeat procedures.

What Happens During the Procedure?
An introducer cannula is placed into the symptomatic vertebral body bone and in proximity to the target basivertebral nerve. The Intracept® RF generator is used to deliver radiofrequency energy that ablates the basivertebral nerve. Depending on levels treated, the procedure may take between 30 and 45 minutes on average.

What should I do and expect after the procedure?
On the day of the procedure, you should not drive and should limit your activities. Over the next 2-3 days, your muscles may be sore and your usual pain aggravated. Ice will usually be more helpful than heat during this period. You can take your regular pain medicine as prescribed. You may also be given, if desired, a prescription for stronger pain medication. As your pain begins to improve, begin gentle exercise in moderation.  It may take several weeks up to 3-4 months to experience the full positive effects of the procedure.