Knee Osteoarthritis

What is Knee Osteoarthritis?

  • Arthritis is a general term for joint inflammation. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It often comes with aging and most commonly affects the hands, knees, and hips.

Who is at risk?

  • Increased age
  • Increased weight
  • Trauma to joint due to repetitive movements such as squatting or kneeling

What does the research say?

  • Embolization for knee osteoarthritis (geniculate artery embolization) is successful in decreasing pain and improving function for patients with knee osteoarthritis

Symptoms of knee ostoarthritis

Common symptoms associated with Knee Osteoarthritis

  • Pain. Affected joints might hurt while at rest and/or during or after movement.
  • Stiffness. Joint stiffness might be most noticeable upon awakening or after being inactive.
  • Joint Tenderness
  • Loss of flexibility and range of motion
  • Swelling
  • Decreased mobility for daily activities with reduced quality of life

Genicular Artery Embolization

Genicular Artery Embolization Treatment

Genicular artery embolization (GAE) uses a small catheter passed through a vessel in the wrist or through a pin-hole sized hole in the groin. Using specialized imaging technology, the catheter is positioned in the genicular artery branches (vessels supplying blood flow to the knee joint) causing the pain and blocked off using small medical beads which leads to decreased inflammation of the joint. The entire treatment lasts about 1 hour and is an outpatient procedure.

Genicular artery embolization (GAE) has been demonstrated in multiple studies to decrease pain and improve function for the majority of treated patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Other Treatment Options:

Surgical Treatments

  • Knee replacement

Medical Treatments

  • Pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Hot/cold packs
  • Knee joint steroid or stem cell injections

Assistive Devices

  • Canes, splints, walkers

We detect and treat Knee Osteoarthritis.

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