Knee Pain Issues

Genicular Artery Embolization vs. PRP Injection: Which Way to Go?

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a common condition that causes pain, stiffness, and swelling in the knee joint. While there’s no cure, minimally invasive treatments such as genicular artery embolization (GAE) and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections can help manage symptoms and improve your quality of life. GAE is a minimally invasive procedure primarily used to treat chronic knee pain, particularly in cases of osteoarthritis. It involves the targeted blockage of specific arteries supplying the inflamed lining of the knee, providing long-lasting relief from knee pain. PRP therapy involves injecting a concentration of a patient’s platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. PRP injections leverage the body’s natural healing processes. While effective in providing immediate results, PRP injections offer only temporary relief for chronic knee pain with results lasting for several months.

Genicular Artery Embolization

GAE is a minimally invasive, catheter-based procedure that blocks blood flow to the inflamed knee lining. It helps patients with moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis, offering longer-lasting pain relief and improved knee function. It’s a great alternative to PRP injections and other knee pain treatments that have only provided short-term relief in the past. Benefits of GAE for patients with knee osteoarthritis include:

  • Quick recovery time 
  • Improved function and range of motion
  • Reduced pain and inflammation
  • Improved symptoms for 1 to 3 years

PRP Injections

PRP injection is a minimally invasive treatment that targets knee joint tissues. It helps patients with milder knee osteoarthritis, offering patients reduced pain and potentially improved knee function. Although PRP injections provide immediate pain relief and a short recovery time, they are not a long-term solution. Multiple injections may be required over time.

  • Short-term pain relief
  • Symptom improvement may only last up to 6 months 
  • Requires a series of multiple injections to manage knee pain
  • Scheduling multiple sessions can be inconvenient and expensive for some patients
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GAE Procedure vs. PRP Injections

The PRP injection procedure is relatively quick, typically taking around 30-45 minutes, including preparation time. Most patients experience minimal discomfort during the injection itself. PRP injections take advantage of your own body’s natural healing mechanisms. The process involves drawing a small amount of your blood, placing it in a centrifuge, and processing it to concentrate platelets (rich in healing factors). The PRP is then injected directly into the knee joint, stimulating tissue regeneration and repair and reducing inflammation and pain. 

During GAE, a tiny catheter is inserted into the femoral artery and guided using X-rays to the genicular arteries, which supply blood to the knee joint. Once the catheter is in place, small particles are released to block these arteries, reducing blood flow to the inflamed lining of the knee – and decreasing inflammation and pain. GAE is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning you can usually go home the same day. The procedure itself takes about 1-2 hours.

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Genicular Artery Embolization vs. PRP Injection Recovery

PRP injections offer minimal down time with patients going home the same day. Immediately after the injection, some patients might feel a mild increase in pain or soreness at the injection site, which can last for a few days. You should start noticing a gradual reduction in pain and swelling 3 to 7 days after the injection.  Light activities can typically be resumed, but your doctor may recommend avoiding high-impact or strenuous activities. Most patients experience significant improvements in knee pain and mobility three to four weeks post-injection. You can usually return to most of your normal activities but should still avoid activities that put excessive stress on the knee.

The recovery time for genicular artery embolization is generally shorter and less intense compared to other procedures. Most patients can start light activities within a few days. Walking and normal daily activities are generally encouraged, but you should avoid high-impact activities or anything that puts excessive strain on the knee. After 1 to 2 weeks, the majority of our patients experience a significant reduction in knee pain and improvement in range of motion. You can gradually return to your regular activities, but it’s important to follow your doctor’s recommendations regarding the intensity of your physical activity.

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Which Knee Pain Treatment is Right For You?

At American Knee Pain Centers, we want our patients to be aware of all treatment options for knee osteoarthritis. Choosing between GAE and PRP injections depends on several factors, including the underlying cause of your knee pain and its severity. While a PRP injection provides effective relief from pain and inflammation, the effects are often temporary and require multiple injections. Patients need at least three injections to start, usually spaced one month apart, and then a maintenance injection every six months. It’s not a one-time fix for knee pain and often works best for patients with milder osteoarthritis. 

As experts in the field, we recommend genicular artery embolization as a non-surgical treatment option for knee osteoarthritis. This innovative, minimally invasive procedure works best for patients experiencing chronic knee pain who have not found relief from conservative treatments like PRP injections. GAE has been shown to effectively reduce pain and inflammation while improving knee function and range of motion for up to three years, providing long-lasting relief for osteoarthritis knee pain and inflammation. It’s great for patients who have moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis and need relief from their symptoms. 

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Why Choose American Knee Pain Centers for GAE?

American Knee Pain Centers is a leading facility for addressing knee pain linked to osteoarthritis, delivering unmatched knowledge and state-of-the-art treatments like genicular artery embolization. GAE is a groundbreaking procedure that precisely targets the genicular arteries, tackling the underlying cause of osteoarthritis-related knee discomfort. We are proud of this approach and have a team of associated interventional radiologists dedicated to delivering effective and efficient minimally invasive treatments. Our emphasis on GAE demonstrates our dedication to advancing minimally invasive treatment options for osteoarthritis, offering patients an alternative treatment that significantly reduces knee discomfort and improves joint function.

Our Knee Pain Specialists

Our affiliated knee pain specialists in New York and New Jersey are board-certified interventional radiologists experienced in treating osteoarthritis knee pain. Our specialists collaborate with you to understand your symptoms and develop a customized treatment plan to alleviate your pain and enhance your mobility. You can find these specialists at our New York and New Jersey knee pain centers.

Find Relief at Our Knee Pain Centers in NY & NJ

We have outpatient centers in New York and New Jersey, proving GAE for knee osteoarthritis in the nearby areas. Our approach involves the use of cutting-edge minimally invasive techniques and image-guided technology to ensure the best outcomes for our patients dealing with severe knee pain, stiffness, and swelling. You can request an appointment at any of our knee pain centers in New York and New Jersey to access the pain relief necessary for maintaining an active lifestyle.

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22:12 27 Mar 23
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13:25 13 Feb 23
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03:28 31 Jan 23
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