Knee pain in old age is due to osteoarthritis (related to wear and tear). Rest, physiotherapy and pain medications can provide relief in early stages but as the disease progresses you may need joint injections to provide symptomatic relief. Eventually the injections may stop working and there will be significant pain and limitation of activity. By this time, the only option was a total knee replacement, which is a major surgery. Geniculate artery embolisation is a promising new treatment which has been extensively researched and proven to be safe and effective in such a situation.
It is typically a minimally invasive procedure without the need for surgery. The doctor conducts the entire procedure in one hour through a small pin hole in the upper part of the thigh under local anesthesia and a small dose of sleeping medication. You can go home the very next day and resume normal activity. You will start feeling the difference as early as two weeks after the procedure. There will be no major side effects.
If your knee joint problem is already advanced according to the x-ray, then this procedure may not give you a long lasting benefit. Total knee replacement is inevitable in such a situation.
I had severe pain especially in my right knee however my x-ray of the knee was not too bad at all but since the pain was not being relieved by painkillers several doctors advised replacement of the knee joint. The problem was that I was less than 50 years and I was not happy to change my joint since every joint has a lifespan of about 15 to 20 years. Later I met the interventional radiology team at KMCH and they suggested a simple procedure of blocking the blood supply to the area in my knee which was paining the procedure was done under local anaesthesia and I was discharged the next morning today thanks to the treatment I am much better and I am able to do normal work ,at this point I do not see any need for a knee replacement at all
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