UNC VIR currently recruiting for clinical trial investigating safety and efficacy of Geniculate Artery Embolization

UNC Vascular & Interventional Radiology is conducting a clinical trial investigating the safety and efficacy of geniculate artery embolization for the purpose of relieving knee pain associated with osteoarthritis.

UNC Vascular & Interventional Radiology is conducting a clinical trial investigating the safety and efficacy of geniculate artery embolization for the purpose of relieving knee pain associated with osteoarthritis. The target tissue is inflamed synovium within the knee joint. The hypothesis is that by starving this tissue of blood the release of pain inducing inflammatory chemical factors will be reduced. The procedure is performed by inserting a catheter through the groin into the femoral artery and positioning a small co-axial catheter into appropriate geniculate artery branch. Small embolic spheres are then injected until the blood flow to the target tissue has been significantly reduced. Patients’ pain and disability is then followed over a six month period and compared to baseline. Dr. Isaacson states that "this procedure has already been tested in Japan and Argentina with promising results." The hope is that this short outpatient procedure will one day replace years of daily medications or quarterly injections to relieve knee pain secondary to osteoarthritis. 

 

UNC Vascular & Interventional Radiology enrolled their first patient in February 2017 and is currently recruiting for additional patients. Through support of this study and others, UNC continues to lead the way toward a future of minimally invasive, cost effective disease management therapies. If you have further questions about this trial you may contact Dr. Ari Isaacson in UNC Vascular & Interventional Radiology Department. 

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