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Ease Arthritis Pain with GAE

Posted on June 20, 2024

At the Georgia Knee Institute, our Atlanta-based interventional radiologists ease arthritis pain in your knee with Genicular Artery Embolization (GAE.) This minimally invasive procedure reduces inflammation and pain in the synovial lining of the knee. And it does so by limiting the flow of blood to the area. As a relatively new procedure, long-term GAE data is limited. But, the evidence we do have? It's looking pretty promising! Let's take a closer look.

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How Well Does GAE Ease Arthritis Pain in the Knee?

Three years ago, at the 2021 Society of Interventional Radiology’s Annual Scientific Meeting, researchers presented findings on how patients' could still ease their arthritis pain one year after undergoing the GAE procedure. Researchers followed 40 adults, aged 40 to 80, all of whom were livingwith mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis. This is what they discovered.

One full year after having the GAE knee procedure, study participants reported a 63% decrease in personal pain. Plus, they recorded a 60% reduction on the WOMAC osteoarthritis index score. (Also known as the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis Index, this index assesses hip and knee osteoarthritis progression by recoding experienced stiffness, pain and challenges to physical function. If your score is lower, that means you've been able to ease arthritis pain and limits on mobility.)

Best of all, no study participant experienced major side effects after having GAE. And adverse events that did occur were mild and self-resolving, for the most part. Combined with the fact that each patient's procedure was 100% successful from a technical standpoint, Dr. Siddharth A. Padia, lead study author, said that GAE gives interventional radiologists “the potential to completely disrupt and change the way patients are treated with knee osteoarthritis.”

Finding Osteoarthritis Knee Pain Relief in Georgia

Want to secure knee pain relief without invasive knee replacement surgery? Genicular Artery Embolization at the Georgia Knee Institute could be the ideal treatment option. Find out if you're a candidate by [tx-appt-link] requesting a consultation [/tx-appt-link] with our experts.

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