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Genicular Artery Embolization Recovery: How Long Does it Take?

Posted on January 10, 2024

Our specialists at the Texas Knee Institue relieve the pain of knee osteoarthritis by performing genicular artery embolization (GAE). This is a minimally invasive procedure that reduces pain while improving mobility; it works by blocking blood flow to your knee's synovial lining in order to target inflammation. Now, this treatment has been helpful to patients with moderate to severe arthritis pain who can't or don't want to undergo knee replacement surgery. But they do want to know about the genicular artery embolization recovery period. And here are all the important details.

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Genicular Artery Embolization Recovery Immediately after the Procedure

A typical GAE procedure lasts between 1 and 2 hours. Aferward, we'll keep you under brief observation, and you should be able to walk--and go home--on that same day.

The next day, you'll be allowed to resume light activities. Within three days of the procedure, you can resume full activity levels, avoiding long stair climbs or heavy lifting. By two weeks post-procedure, the recovery should be complete and you can enjoy the full benefits of the GAE procedure.

How Long Does it Take to Recover From GAE?

Following GAE, you should only notice mild side effects, such as light bruising or minor skin changes. Within two weeks, your recovery should be complete. At that point, you'll notice:

  • Less swelling and knee pain
  • Reduced stiffness
  • Improvements in functionality and mobility

Clearly, following genicular artery embolization recovery, patients experience noticeable osteoarthritis knee pain relief, with results lasting for up to a full year. We therefore recommend this treatment for patients suffering from moderate to severe arthritis pain, who can't or prefer not to undergo a complete knee replacement surgery. Ready to see if GAE is your pathway to arthritis relief? Click here to request an appointmentClick here to request an appointmentClick here to request an appointment with our knee specialists in Texas!

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