Genicular Artery Embolization: A Breakthrough in Knee Pain Management

Doctor and patient
May 7, 2024
Genicular Artery Embolization: A Breakthrough in Knee Pain Management
Dr. Omar Said

What is Genicular Artery Embolization (GAE):

GAE is a procedure for patients seeking relief from chronic knee pain. This innovative procedure can delay the need for surgery by using a minimally invasive approach. It offers a third alternative for patients who may have not had success with Steroid or Gel injections.

How we do it:

A tiny catheter is inserted into the artery of your leg and navigates through arterial pathways, pinpointing and obstructing the genicular arteries surrounding the knee. Through a simple injection to inflamed tissues, GAE aims to remove pain and inflammation at its source.

Key Advantages of GAE:

Non-Surgical Alternative: GAE presents a viable alternative to traditional knee surgeries and prolonged medication regimens. It is an outpatient 30 minute procedure with 1-2 hour recovery. By addressing the underlying cause of inflammation, it offers a path to sustainable pain relief without the risks and recovery periods associated with surgery.

Long-term Efficacy:  Clinical studies have demonstrated the enduring benefits of GAE, with many patients experiencing relief for chronic knee pain for 2-4 years and up to 6 Years. By addressing the root cause of inflammation, GAE holds the promise of long-term improvement in quality of life for individuals grappling with osteoarthritis-related knee pain.

Highly Successful: The GAE procedure assists patients with overall mobility as well as pain relief. Over 75-80% of patients who complete the procedure have great improvement with little to no side effects or down time.

Insurance Coverage: The GAE procedure is covered under most insurance plans including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, United Healthcare, Humana and Medicare.