Genicular artery embolization (GAE) is a medical procedure that targets areas in your body where there is an increased blood flow to the joints, known as “artery blush”. This increased blood flow can cause inflammation and damage to the cartilage in your joints, as well as contribute to the growth of nerves that cause pain. During GAE, doctors will block off the blood vessels supplying these areas, stopping the production of the destructive products that cause inflammation and cartilage damage. By doing this, GAE can help reduce joint pain and slow down the progression of joint damage. Overall, GAE is a minimally invasive procedure that can provide relief for people with chronic joint pain and help them maintain their joint function.
Am I a candidate for GAE?
Do any of the following apply to you?:
• DIAGNOSED WITH OSTEOARTHRITIS
• FAILED KNEE INJECTIONS
• MODERATE TO SEVERE KNEE PAIN
• NOT READY FOR A KNEE REPLACEMENT
• FAILED CONSERVATIVE THERAPY
What results might I expect from GAE?
• 70-75 % have pain relief within 2-4 weeks
• Pain relief for 1-3 years and more
• Functional capacity improved
• Quality of life improved
• Decrease NSAID/narcotic usage