Do any of the following apply to you? If yes, please speak with our doctor to see if GAE is an option to get you fast, long-lasting pain relief without drugs or surgery:
GAE may work best for patients suffering from moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis. However, GAE may not be right for you if you are (or have been) a smoker, have an infection in your knee, or your arthritis is too advanced and knee replacement surgery is the recommended next step.
GAE is performed with moderate ‘twilight’ sedation as an outpatient procedure, meaning the patient will go home after the procedure. The procedure generally takes one to two hours. Our IR physicians will insert a small catheter (a thin hollow tube) into the artery of the patient’s upper thigh and, with the use of X-rays, guide the catheter to the arteries supplying the lining of the knee. Tiny particles are then injected through the catheter into these arteries, reducing the blood supply. This in turn reduces the inflammation associated with osteoarthritis, which alleviates the pain.
Initial (left) and final (right) angiograms of the knee after embolization. A circular marker was placed at the site of pain. The reduced blood-flow at the site of pain after embolization reduced inflammation of the knees.
Patients go home the same and in most cases, relief begins to occur in two weeks, as the inflammation in the lining of the knee is reduced, relieving the knee pain associated with osteoarthritis.
GAE is a non-surgical treatment alternative for patients with knee pain due to osteoarthritis who have failed conservative therapy, such as anti-inflammatory medications or knee injections, and who do not wish to undergo or are ineligible for knee replacement surgery.
The following conditions make for a good candidate for GAE:
The following conditions may disqualify a patient as a candidate for GAE:
If you are interested in seeing if you are a candidate for GAE, please contact us at or call our clinic at 99099 08428 / 99099 03449 , option 2 to arrange an appointment with one of our IR physicians
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