Genicular Artery Embolization (GAE)

Genicular Artery Embolization (GAE) Kansas City

A New Approach for Osteoarthritis Knee Pain

Genicular artery embolization (GAE) is a research proven method to preserve joint integrity and provide long term pain relief in focal areas of inflammation in the knee joint.

GAE blocks or reduces blood flow to the genicular arteries, small blood vessels that supply the affected area of inflammation in the knee joint. This minimally invasive approach can relieve chronic knee pain without the drawbacks of traditional surgical options, such as knee replacements. At Clarity Car, our team of highly skilled physicians offer GAE to preserve joint integrity and provide long term pain relief with shorter recovery times.

What causes chronic knee pain?

Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of knee pain, especially in older adults. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that occurs when the protective cartilage in the knee wears down over time, leading to pain, stiffness, and swelling.

Knee pain can also be attributed to rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation in the joints, including the knees. It can result in pain, swelling, and joint deformity.

Other causes of knee pain include traumatic injury, tendonitis, bursitis, and overuse or strain.


When is knee pain considered chronic?

When knee pain is – dull, aching, throbbing, or sharp – is persistent and lasts for longer than three months, it is considered chronic. Additional symptoms of chronic knee pain include:

  • Swelling
  • Instability
  • Difficulty walking or bearing weight
  • Clicking or popping sensations
  • Muscle weakness
When is knee pain considered chronic

Genicular Artery Embolization: Step by Step

Benefits of Genicular Artery Embolization

Initial studies and trials of tis cutting-edge medical procedure genicular artery embolization (GAE) procedure have shown that it is a successful means of treating pain limiting activity related to osteoarthritis of the knee — effectively managing symptoms and providing future durability.

If you have persistent knee pain, have received diagnostic confirmation of knee osteoarthritis, have found conservative procedures (such as physical therapy or medications) unsuccessful or short acting, and / or are not a candidate for surgical options, GAE may be right for you.

To learn more, schedule a consultation with one of Clarity Care's skilled interventionaliststo evaluate your specific condition, review your medical history, and consult imagingresults.



What to Expect After Genicular Artery Embolization

You can expect to resume your normal activities within a few days following genicular artery embolization (GAE). Significant pain relief and improved mobility in your knee will usually occur within two weeks post procedure. You will also have follow-up appointments with your doctor to monitor your progress and ensure that the procedure was successful.

Questions? We have answers.

What are the risk factors for developing chronic knee pain?
The number one root cause of chronic knee pain is age. Wear and tear on knee joints as we age can lead to discomfort and a loss of mobility. Osteoporosis, a condition that weakens bones, and arthritis, which causes joint inflammation, are also leading causes. Additionally, overuse, weight, certain medical conditions, like cancer, and injuries can contribute to chronic knee pain.
Are there alternatives to genicular artery embolization?
If you are considering genicular artery embolization (GAE), there are alternative methods of procedure that you may consider:
  • Alternative 1 >> Knee Replacement. This surgical procedure replaces parts of injured knee joints – replacing cartilage with high density plastic and capping bones with durable metal.
  • Alternative 2 >> Medication. Anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) can take pressure off the knee joints as well as surrounding tissues.
  • Alternative 3 >> Joint Injections. Also known as viscosupplementation, joint injections that contain hyaluronic acid can aid in joint lubrication and promote bone and cartilage growth.
  • Alternative 4 >> Physical Therapy. Multiple sessions of physical therapy that may include exercises, hands on therapy, or ultrasound, can sometimes be helpful for regaining the ability to walk, stand, and use the stairs.
Will insurance cover genicular artery embolization?
Insurance coverage for genicular artery embolization (GAE) can vary depending on the specific insurance plan and the policies of the insurance provider. Before undergoing PAE, Clarity Care's knowledgeable staff can work with you and your insurance company to review coverage details, including preauthorization requirements, necessary documentation, and potential out of pocket costs.
Where is Clarity Care located?

Clarity Care Imaging & Specialty Care is at 9040 Quivira Road in Lenexa, Kansas. Our center is conveniently located just north of Oak Park Mall with easy access from much of the Kansas City area including Overland Park, Olathe, Shawnee, Merriam, Mission, Leawood and Prairie Village.

Why choose Clarity Care for your procedure?
Clarity Care's subspecialized physicians are board-certified with years of experience in image-guided minimally invasive procedures, offering innovative solutions to a list of conditions and diseases that today can be managed in a convenient, more affordable setting.

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The Clarity Care Imaging & Specialty Care office is conveniently located at 9040 Quivira Road in Lenexa, Kansas. Our center is just north of Oak Park Mall with easy access from much of the Kansas City area including Overland Park, Olathe, Shawnee, Merriam, Mission, Leawood and Prairie Village.


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