Minimally Invasive

Only a tiny needle puncture in the skin is needed

Faster Recovery

Go back to normal routine right away

Fewer Risks

Rate of complications is lower than surgery

The Osteoarthritis Solution

Discover why patients are choosing this non-surgical alternative to knee replacement surgery for treating osteoarthritis of the knee.

If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee, also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD), you may have been told that anti-inflammatories and joint injections are your only treatment options, short of joint replacement surgery. However, did you know that genicular artery embolization (GAE), a non-surgical, outpatient treatment, is being used to successfully relieve the pain caused by DJD?

What is Genicular Artery Embolization?

Genicular artery embolization is an interventional radiology treatment for DJD that offers highly effective and long-lasting relief of the pain caused by chronic joint disease. Much of the pain experienced in osteoarthritis comes from abnormal blood vessels that form in the lining of the joint. GAE works by blocking these abnormal blood vessels, causing inflammation to subside.

The procedure is performed by interventional radiologists – doctors specially trained to do minimally invasive vascular procedures, such as angioplasty and embolization, to treat a variety of conditions.

During GAE, a doctor positions a catheter through a small needle puncture in the leg and into the blood vessels that supply the joint using xray guidance. Once positioned, tiny microsphere particles are slowly released to slow the blood supply to the joint. Following this procedure patients usually experience dramatic pain relief.

Long-Lasting Results. Greater Comfort.

Recovery from embolization is much faster than surgery because there is no incision to heal or stitches to be removed. The risk of bleeding and complications is lower than with invasive surgery.

Patients who undergo GAE have reported significant reductions in pain scores and use of pain medications, and significant increases in function scores. These improvements were sustained for several months from just one treatment.

Why Choose Advantage IR?

Advantage IR is at the forefront of the latest Interventional Radiology procedures that provide an effective alternative to surgery with minimal recovery time. From our doctors to our clinical staff, you will receive the quality care you deserve in a safe and comfortable environment.

Advantage IR uses state of the art equipment to provide the best in patient outcomes and care. All of our interventional radiologists are board-certified and have extensive experience and success using these minimally invasive techniques to treat patients with a variety of disorders.

Get your questions answered about Genicular Artery Embolization to treat your knee pain.

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GAE Webinar Video Screen


A New Option for Osteoarthritis of the Knee!

Watch this webinar to find out to discover how Genicular Artery Embolization (GAE) can delay or eliminate the need for a Knee Replacement. Here's what you'll learn...

  • The real cause of osteoarthritis knee pain.
  • How does genicular artery embolization (GAE) work?
  • What you can expect from the GAE procedure?
  • See MRI images of before and after treatment.
GAE Ebook


Alternatives to Knee Replacement Surgery

Today there are new alternatives to successfully relieve the pain caused by DJD, including genicular artery embolization (GAE), a non-surgical, outpatient treatment. Here's what you'll learn...

  • Advantages and disadvantages of common knee surgery alternatives.
  • Who is a good candidate for GAE?
  • The latest research on GAE.
  • How to reduce symptoms before receiving treatment.