If you’re among the more than 30 million Americans who suffer from osteoarthritis and painful, stiff joints, contact David Wood, MD, a double board-certified interventional radiologist. He offers innovative genicular artery embolization to relieve your symptoms at ImageMed in Scottsdale, Arizona. Contact Dr. Wood today to find out how he can provide long-lasting relief from osteoarthritis pain. Call ImageMed or schedule a consultation online today.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It’s the degenerative type of the disease and develops as the cartilage that lines and cushions your joints wears away, which allows friction to irritate your joints. Your risk of osteoarthritis increases with age and if you’re overweight. A family history of osteoarthritis also contributes to your chances of developing this painful condition.
Osteoarthritis causes stiff, painful joints. When your cartilage wears away, your bones rub together without any cushioning, which irritates your joints and leads to inflammation, swelling, and pain. These symptoms often lead to reduced mobility and balance problems.
Many patients assume that osteoarthritis and its symptoms are an inevitable part of aging, and there’s nothing you can do about it. However, this isn’t the case. A medical professional may have told you that treating your arthritis with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections, or surgery are your choices. But there’s another option that targets the pain and gets you back to a more active life.
At ImageMed, Dr. Wood provides genicular artery embolization, a safe, minimally invasive outpatient procedure to reduce and eliminate osteoarthritis pain. Arthritis pain is often due to abnormal blood vessels that form in the lining of your joints. Genicular artery embolization blocks the abnormal blood vessels, which reduces the inflammation.
During the procedure, Dr. Wood makes a tiny nick in your leg and uses special X-ray equipment to guide a catheter into your arthritic joint. When the catheter is in place, he injects tiny microsphere particles into the abnormal blood vessels. The particles block the blood supply so your pain and inflammation subside.
When the treatment is complete, Dr. Wood gently removes the catheter. Your recovery from genicular artery embolization is much quicker and less painful than other procedures or surgeries to treat osteoarthritis, as you only need one tiny incision that doesn’t even require stitches. Also, since the treatment relieves the root cause of your pain, you should have long-lasting pain relief.
Call ImageMed or make an appointment online today to learn more about genicular artery embolization and how it can relieve your pain.