Genicular Artery Embolization to Treat Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee Osteoarthritis Living with knee osteoarthritis can be incredibly debilitating. Unfortunately, more than 344 million people across the globe are currently living with osteoarthritis. A significant proportion of these individuals experience pain and discomfort in their knees. For those suffering from this condition, a genicular artery embolization can help to provide some relief.

What Is Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee osteoarthritis is a wear-and-tear type of degenerative arthritis that affects one or both knees. This condition can cause pain, stiffness, and discomfort. Many individuals who suffer from this condition experience worsening pain in the evening or when they move their knees. They can experience some relief with rest. However, the relief is not typically long-lasting. If you suffer from knee osteoarthritis, you may be able to get some relief with a genicular artery embolization.

How Can Genicular Artery Embolization Help

A genicular artery embolization, or GAE, is a minimally invasive procedure that helps to reduce the blow flow to the lining of the knee. As a result, patients experience immediate and long-term relief from pain and discomfort caused by inflammation.

Although GAE is a non-surgical procedure, patients should still avoid performing any high-impact activities for about two weeks after treatment. The time that a patient will experience relief from their symptoms can last for several months or even years following the procedure.

Why Is Genicular Artery Embolization Done?

A genicular artery embolization is performed to reduce or eliminate the pain that individuals experience. This option is particularly beneficial for individuals who prefer not to go through surgery and for those who do not qualify for a knee replacement. Even though this treatment will not specifically treat the destruction of the cartilage specifically, it can improve movement and help those suffering to achieve relief.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you are experiencing symptoms of knee osteoarthritis and would like to see if a genicular artery embolization can provide you with relief, contact the team at MidAtlantic Vascular & International today. Dr. Rishi R. Sood can meet with you to discuss your symptoms and help to determine the best course of action. Contact (301) 622-5360 or request an appointment online to get started.

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