Treating Knee Osteoarthritis With Genicular Artery Embolization (GAE)

Genicular Artery EmbolizationOsteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, is a leading cause of chronic pain for older people in the United States. It involves the breakdown of tissues and causes inflammation and joint pain. One novel procedure for treating osteoarthritis is genicular artery embolization (GAE). If you are experiencing knee pain from osteoarthritis, our experts at Midatlantic Vascular & Interventional can provide relief.

What is Knee Osteoarthritis?

While anyone can get arthritis, it is most often found in older people. In knee osteoarthritis, tissues in your joints begin to deteriorate, leading to all sorts of damage in and around the joint, including the cartilage, bone, tendons, and synovium (the soft tissue lining the joint). As the disease progresses, inflammation, knee pain, and swelling increase. These issues often result in people becoming less active and having weakened muscles. Many treatments for knee osteoarthritis exist, but GAE addresses the cause of your joint pain.

Treating Knee Osteoarthritis With Genicular Artery Embolization

GAE is a new, minimally invasive procedure for those who have pain and discomfort due to knee osteoarthritis. Studies published by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated show that this treatment is an effective option even for individuals who experience moderate to severe knee OA symptoms.

During GAE, a catheter is inserted into the arteries around the knee (your genicular arteries). Tiny particles, called embolic agents, are injected into your knee through the catheter. These particles block the capillaries around your knee lining, reducing the inflammation caused by the arthritis. For many patients, this process greatly reduces or, in some cases, completely removes their knee pain. The procedure is typically finished within an hour, and you can go home the same day.

Gain Relief From Your Genicular Osteoarthritis Today

Osteoarthritis is a painful disease, but you do not have to suffer from it. Treatment via genicular artery embolization can help you regain control of your life. To learn more about our GAE procedure, call Midatlantic Vascular & Interventional at 301-622-5360 to schedule an appointment at our Bowie, MD office. With state-of-the-art technology and equipment, you can depend on our experts to help you achieve the results you desire.

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