A New Solution to Knee Pain

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A New Solution to Knee Pain

If you are one of the 37% of Americans 60 years of age and older, that experience chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis- a medical breakthrough known as Geniculate Artery Embolization may be the solution for you.

In the past, first-line treatments for knee pain involved pharmaceuticals, physical therapy, and joint injections. However, more often than not, these treatment methods will fail to alleviate pain and restore knee function. As a result, the unfortunate solution is surgery.

In fact, it is estimated that nearly 800,000 knee replacement surgeries are performed each year in the U.S., and that number continues to rise.

Fortunately for the 14 million people in the United States suffering from symptomatic knee osteoarthritis, there is a new minimally invasive option available.

That option is Geniculate Artery Embolization ( GAE).

GAE is a minimally invasive procedure that can provide immediate and long-term pain relief from osteoarthritis knee pain. This is done, by reducing the flow of blood into the lining of the knee, known as the synovium.

Genicular Artery Embolization is performed by a highly-skilled Interventional Radiologist.

The procedure begins with the insertion of a small catheter into the artery of the patient’s upper thigh. Then, using x-ray technology and other imaging modalities the IR will guide the catheter to the artery that supplies blood flow to the knee.

Once the artery has been reached, tiny particles are released through the catheter and into the artery. These particles reduce blood flow to the lining of the knee, and therefore reduce inflammation. And, as a result of reducing this inflammation, knee pain is alleviated.

A recent study published in theJournal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology by the Society of Interventional Radiology backs the effectiveness of the GAE procedure.

The study showed that average knee pain scores decreased from 8 out of 10 before GAE, to 3 out of 10 within the first week after GAE. Not only that, but those that received the GAE treatment reported decreased pain and increased function, and a higher quality of life after treatment.

GAE is also more affordable than knee surgery.

For more information on GAE check out our website and give us a call at MidAtlantic Vascular and Interventional today at 301-622-5360.

We’ll have you walking better, feeling better, and living better in no time.

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