Reno Physician Offers New Hope for Arthritic Knees

By: Comprehensive Integrated Care
RENO, Nev. - Aug. 29, 2022 - PRLog -- A new procedure done through a tiny poke in the skin is changing the way doctors look at treating osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. Genicular artery embolization (GAE) is a minimally invasive treatment that addresses the inflammation associated with OA. "Inflammation is a leading contributor to knee pain, making it difficult to walk, climb stairs, or even sit down or get up from a chair," says Dr. Brian Evans, MD of Comprehensive Integrated Care. ""To reduce the pain, we need to reduce the inflammation. Until recently, there wasn't an effective way to do this."

While GAE is a new procedure, it uses an established technique. Artery embolization has been performed throughout the body to treat conditions like tumors and enlarged prostates, limiting the blood supply causing them to shrink. Using image-guidance, interventional radiologists like Dr. Evans are able to travel through the bloodstream and place a microscopic bead in an artery to decrease blood flow.

"The genicular artery is the artery that supplies blood to the cartilage and synovium in the knee," explains Evans. "When we reduce the blood flow to the knee, it decreases the growth of new blood vessels, which can break the cycle of arthritic inflammation and pain."

A systematic review published in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine reported, "The procedure resulted in significant and sustained pain improvement as well as better functional status in the studies reviewed."

"GAE is an exciting breakthrough for treating knee pain," says Evans. "Not everyone is a good candidate for surgery. This approach may be an option for them or anyone who is looking for an alternative to traditional treatments."  It's done in an office setting and patients go home the same day, with minimal discomfort and no restrictions.

Over 32 million adults in the U.S. suffer from osteoarthritis (OA) and many find themselves sidelined by debilitating knee pain. Dr. Evans encourages anyone suffering from knee pain to seek help. "GAE may be the answer."

About Dr. Evans: Dr. Brian Evans, MD is an interventional radiologist who uses advanced technology and techniques to care for medical conditions that affect nearly every organ system in the body, including peripheral arterial disease (PAD), enlarged prostates, uterine fibroids, and liver cancer. Visit or call 775-502-1660 to schedule an appointment or interview.

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