Dr. Sid Padia, an Interventional Radiologist at UCLA, published an update of findings of the Geniculate Artery Embolization study at the 2021 Society of Interventional Radiologists Annual Scientific Meeting.
Patients with severe osteoarthritis may be good candidates for knee replacement surgery, but many patients may not be good candidates for surgery or choose not to undergo surgery. But now doctors at UCLA are studying a new, less invasive option and getting great results.
Geniculate Artery Embolization (GAE) is routinely performed to cut off the blood supply to cancerous tumors and uterine fibroids. Now, UCLA Interventional Radiologists are using it to reduce circulation to inflammation causing knee pain. Four out of five patients report long-lasting relief.
Since 2017, UCLA has treated over 150 patients and has had extraordinarily good results. In a study presented in March 2021 at the Society of Interventional Radiology Annual Scientific Meeting, Dr. Padia, MD, FSIR, professor of Radiology, UCLA Health, and lead researcher of the study stated, “Prior to treatment, patients’ knee pain had taken over their whole life. After treatment, patients who initially could walk only three or four blocks were walking three miles. Some were able to do away with walking aids, such as canes, while others reported being in a better mood now that they were living without pain.”
Average pain scores decreased from eight out of ten before GAE to three out of ten within the first week. Additionally, seven in ten patients reported more than 50% reduction in pain scores at the one-year follow up. (Click to link to full SIR Article)
Below is a video of Dr. Padia featured on ABC7 Health & Fitness discussing how Geniculate Artery Embolization can treat patients with knee osteoarthritis from 2019.