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Genicular Artery Embolization (GAE) Patient Experiences

Knee osteoarthritis is a chronic condition that causes pain, inflammation, joint stiffness, and impaired mobility in the knee joint. 

Traditional, conservative treatments like medication, physical therapy, and corticosteroid injections may provide temporary relief, but they might not address the underlying cause of the pain. This is where genicular artery embolization (GAE) comes in.

Why Patients Prefer Genicular Artery Embolization

GAE is an outpatient, minimally invasive treatment that targets the blood vessels supplying the knee joint with oxygen and nutrients. These blood vessels are called the genicular arteries.

By decreasing flow to the genicular arteries, GAE reduces the inflammation and pain associated with knee osteoarthritis. The treatment is administered by an interventional radiologist using image-guided techniques, ensuring precision and safety.

Long-Term Symptom Reduction

One of the main reasons why patients give GAE high marks for symptom reduction is the long-lasting relief it provides. 

Unlike other treatments that offer short-term benefits, GAE has been shown to provide significant and sustained pain reduction for up to a year or more. Patients can experience improved mobility, reduced pain, and an overall enhancement in their quality of life.

Minimally Invasive Treatment

Another advantage of GAE is its minimally invasive nature. The procedure is performed through a small incision, requiring only local anesthesia. The non-surgical technique means shorter recovery times, reduced risk of complications, and minimal scarring compared to traditional open surgeries. Most patients can resume their normal activities within a few days, allowing them to continue their daily routines with less disruption.

Medication-Free Option

If you have concerns about relying upon medications to manage your symptoms, GAE is an excellent option.

GAE offers a pain management solution that doesn't rely on pain medications. If you have concerns about taking prescription or over-the-counter medications for an indefinite period, GAE addresses this issue by providing effective, long-term, medication-free pain reduction. This approach not only reduces the risk of addiction and dependence but also minimizes the potential for adverse drug-related side effects.

Is Genicular Artery Embolization Right for Me?

You could be an excellent candidate for GAE if you meet the following criteria:

It's important to note that GAE is not suitable for everyone. Your interventional radiologist will evaluate your specific condition and medical history to assess your suitability for the procedure. However, GAE is a safe and beneficial treatment for eligible patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Texas Knee Institute: Providing Exceptional Knee Care to Communities Throughout Texas

The team at Texas Knee Institute is proud to help patients experience dramatic knee pain relief through non-surgical outpatient treatment. Our specialists work tirelessly to provide the highest standard of care and patient satisfaction.

If you think genicular artery embolization could help you manage your knee osteoarthritis symptoms effectively, please don't hesitate to contact our caring teamcontact our caring teamcontact our caring team of specialists today for a comprehensive consultation.

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