A new breakthrough shows an effective treatment that relieves the pain of osteoarthritis in the knee without drugs or surgery.
The treatment doesn’t even require any hospital stay, recovery time or rehab exercises.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that involves a progressive wearing down or thinning of the cartilage in the knee joint. For some patients the result is eventually a bone-on-bone contact, causing a lot of pain just from walking.
Pain Relief from Knee Osteoarthrits: No Drugs, No Joint Replacement
The simple and painless procedure is called geniculate artery embolization (GAE).
This image-guided treatment blocks arteries in the knee, resulting in less inflammation and therefore less pain.
In a small study, most of the participants reported significant pain reduction as well as improvements in the range of motion.
The relief of pain was also present even a month after the procedure.
“We are very encouraged by the results and the implications for the millions suffering from this common, yet debilitating condition,” says Sandeep Bagla, MD, lead study author, in the report.
How is GAE done?
• An interventional radiologist inserts a catheter through an incision the size of a pinhole.
• This blocks the very small arteries within the knee’s lining, reducing inflammation caused by the osteoarthritis.
• GAE is an outpatient treatment.
• It takes 45 to 90 minutes.
• The study involved 13 patients who had severe knee pain due to osteoarthritis.
• There were no adverse side effects.
“This procedure could have a significant impact in the treatment of osteoarthritis pain as a whole,” says Dr. Bagla in the report.
GAE means a new option for people suffering from the pain of osteoarthritis in the knee.
Here is a treatment that can replace pain pills and knee replacement surgery for many patients.
GAE thus far has been done only in a clinical trial setting, but the study on the effectiveness of this procedure is ongoing.