Genicular Artery Embolization (GAE)
Genicular Artery Embolization is a minimally invasive procedure designed to alleviate chronic knee pain by targeting the genicular arteries, which are responsible for supplying blood to the knee joint. This technique involves the injection of embolic agents into these arteries to reduce blood flow, subsequently reducing inflammation and pain in the knee.
How Does GAE Work?
GAE is based on the principle of embolization, a medical procedure that involves intentionally blocking blood vessels. In the case of knee pain, the genicular arteries are the target. By injecting embolic agents into these arteries, blood flow to the knee is restricted, leading to a reduction in inflammation and, consequently, pain. The embolic agents used in GAE are tiny particles that block the blood vessels, causing them to close off. This process is guided by imaging techniques such as fluoroscopy or angiography, ensuring precision and safety during the procedure.
Benefits of GAE:
Minimally Invasive: GAE is a minimally invasive procedure, meaning it requires only small incisions, reducing the risk of infection and promoting a quicker recovery compared to traditional open surgeries. Targeted Pain Relief: By directly addressing the blood supply to the knee joint, GAE aims to provide more targeted pain relief compared to some other treatments. Outpatient Procedure: GAE can be performed on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to return home on the same day.
Potential Risks and Considerations:
While GAE is considered safe, like any medical procedure, it carries some risks. These may include infection, bleeding, or an allergic reaction to the embolic agents. It's essential to discuss potential risks and benefits with your healthcare provider to make an informed decision about whether GAE is the right option for you.
If you're living with chronic knee pain and traditional treatments haven't provided the relief you need, Genicular Artery Embolization may be a promising alternative. As with any medical procedure, it's crucial to consult with your healthcare provider to determine if GAE is suitable for your specific condition. By understanding the procedure and its potential benefits, you can make an informed decision about your knee pain management and take a step towards a more comfortable and active life. Please contact the team at Advanced Spine and Pain to schedule a consultation with your provider.