GAE for Knee Treatment

Chronic knee pain can significantly impact quality of life, often leading individuals to seek various treatments ranging from medication to surgery. However, a revolutionary approach known as Genicular Artery Embolization (GAE) is providing new hope for those suffering from debilitating knee conditions. At Minimally Invasive Vascular, we specialize in cutting-edge treatments like GAE to offer effective relief without the need for invasive surgeries.

Understanding Genicular Artery Embolization (GAE):

Genicular Artery Embolization is a minimally invasive procedure designed to reduce knee pain caused by conditions such as osteoarthritis. The treatment targets the genicular arteries, which are small vessels around the knee that can contribute to inflammation and pain when osteoarthritis is present. By selectively blocking these arteries, GAE helps reduce the blood flow that supports inflammation, thereby alleviating pain and improving mobility.

The GAE Procedure:

The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and typically takes about an hour. Using advanced imaging techniques, a specially trained interventional radiologist inserts a catheter through a small incision in the thigh. The catheter is carefully guided to the genicular arteries responsible for supplying the inflamed knee tissue. Microscopic particles are then injected to block these arteries, reducing the blood flow and subsequent inflammation and pain. Patients can usually return home the same day and may begin to experience pain relief within a few weeks.

Benefits of GAE for Knee Treatment:

  • Minimally Invasive: Unlike knee replacement surgery, GAE does not require large incisions or a lengthy recovery period. The minimally invasive nature of the procedure results in less discomfort and a quicker return to daily activities.
  • Effective Pain Relief: Many patients report significant reductions in knee pain and improvements in mobility and quality of life following GAE.
  • Low Risk of Complications: GAE involves fewer risks than traditional surgery, with a low incidence of complications. The targeted approach minimizes damage to surrounding tissues.

Who Can Benefit from GAE?

GAE is particularly beneficial for patients who have not responded well to conventional treatments such as physical therapy, steroid injections, or those who are unable or unwilling to undergo knee replacement surgery. It is also an option for those looking to delay surgery or who seek a less invasive alternative.

The Future of GAE and Vascular Innovations at Minimally Invasive Vascular: At Minimally Invasive Vascular, we are committed to staying at the forefront of vascular health by adopting and refining the latest advancements in minimally invasive treatments. Our team continues to explore and enhance GAE and other innovative procedures that promise to transform the landscape of medical treatments for vascular-related conditions.

Genicular Artery Embolization represents a significant advancement in the treatment of knee pain due to osteoarthritis and other degenerative conditions. At Minimally Invasive Vascular, we are proud to offer GAE as part of our comprehensive approach to vascular health, helping patients regain mobility and improve their quality of life without undergoing extensive surgery. If you are struggling with knee pain and looking for a minimally invasive solution, contact us to find out if GAE could be right for you.
Ready to take the first step towards a life free from knee pain? Contact Minimally Invasive Vascular today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how GAE knee treatment can help you reclaim your mobility and comfort.