Why Choose Genicular Artery Embolization (GAE )?

Genicular Artery
Published On: June, 29, 2022

Why Choose Genicular Artery Embolization (GAE )?


It is essential to point out that while Genicular artery embolization (GAE). It is a relatively new procedure for treating osteoarthritis (OA). It is more effective than other treatments. One of the main reasons you should choose Genicular artery embolization (GAE) is that it is minimally invasive. The procedure is performed by an outpatient surgeon, allowing you to go back home the same day. Research also shows that the procedure has low risk and much faster recovery. Unlike taking drugs with numerous side effects, such as stomach upsets, the procedure has minimal side effects. Additionally, the procedure has a very high success rate, with eighty-five percent of patients treated with Genicular artery embolization (GAE) reporting significant pain and discomfort relief within the first month.


Genicular Artery Embolization (GAE) vs. Surgery


Compared to traditional surgeries performed to treat knee osteoarthritis, Genicular artery embolization (GAE) is more efficient and safe. This procedure is minimally invasive for starters, meaning that it requires a small incision in the skin. The scar is barely visible 1-2 months after the procedure. No one loves having scars on their feet. Unfortunately, extensive knee surgeries such as complete knee replacement leave large scars that are difficult to conceal.


Secondly, you get to go home the same day. Knee surgeries require the use of general/local anesthesia, which takes time to wear off. You will also need to spend a night or two for doctor observation after surgery. With Genicular artery embolization (GAE), you do not need to spend the night in the medical facility. Additionally, the procedure works for everyone, including people at high risk of complications and would not want to undergo expensive knee surgeries.


Why Choose La Jolla Vein & Vascular?


As mentioned, osteoarthritis affects almost 30 million people in the United States alone, with the knee being the most affected body part. The largest portion of these individuals is not quite ready for knee replacement surgery. As such, most of these patients depend on NSAIDS and knee injections to control the pain.

Unfortunately, over 100,000 people are hospitalized each year for gastrointestinal bleeding and other NSAIDs related complications. Even worse, there are more than 20,000 NSAID deaths annually. At LA Jolla Vein Care, we are one of the few medical facilities that offer Genicular artery embolization. The procedure is safe and effective for everyone.

With so many medical clinics cropping up here and there, we understand that choosing a health facility where you can entrust to perform new and advanced procedures such as Genicular artery embolization (GAE) is not easy. 


However, our results speak for themselves. Our licensed surgeon has performed numerous successful GAE procedures for our patients. Call us today and schedule your appointment!  We also schedule follow-up appointments to assess your progress.  Our friendly staff is also ready to assist you with questions and concerns that you may have.


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