Richmond, VA – HCA Virginia's John Randolph Medical Center is now offering a new approach that provides long–term relief for patients suffering from chronic low back pain (CLBP).

The Intracept® Procedure, performed by Dr. Nadeem Khan, spine interventionist who practices at John Randolph Medical Center, is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure which targets a nerve in the spine. The procedure is for patients who have experienced chronic low back pain for at least six months and have not responded to at least six months of conservative care, and who have certain findings noted on their MRI.

During the procedure, the surgeon advances a specialized probe into the vertebrae and uses radiofrequency energy to heat and disable the nerve, blocking it from transmitting pain signals. The procedure takes approximately 60–90 minutes and does not involve an implant nor change the structure of the spine.

“Finally I can offer a minimally invasive spine procedure to my patient for their chronic lower back pain short of surgery,” said Kahn.

The Intracept Procedure is supported by two successful randomized control trials including more than 350 patients. In a recently-published study evaluating the long-term impacts of the procedure on function and reduced pain, improvements were shown to last longer than five years.

“Our HCA Virginia colleagues were the first to bring this innovative new treatment to Virginia last year,” said Joe Mazzo, chief executive officer of John Randolph Medical Center. “Adding this groundbreaking new option to our spine surgery program at John Randolph Medical Center provides Tri-Cities patients with a less invasive treatment for chronic lower back pain and a vast quality of life improvement.”

About HCA Virginia

As the commonwealth's most comprehensive provider network, HCA Virginia Health System operates 14 hospitals, 29 outpatient centers, five freestanding emergency rooms, and two urgent care centers and is affiliated with 3,000 physicians. It is one of Virginia's largest employers, provides $190.8 million in charity and uncompensated care and pays $72.6 million in taxes annually. HCA Virginia includes five imaging centers, three outpatient surgery centers, four freestanding emergency rooms, and seven hospitals - Chippenham, Henrico Doctors', John Randolph, Johnston-Willis, Parham Doctors', Retreat Doctors', and Spotsylvania Regional.