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Knee Replacement Alternatives

Knee Replacement Alternatives at CardioVascular Health Clinic

CardioVascular Health Clinic offers various treatment options to meet your unique health and wellness needs.

When faced with a common yet debilitating condition such as knee osteoarthritis, it can be overwhelming to consider a drastic treatment such as a knee replacement.

The good news is that you don’t have to live with chronic knee pain forever. Knee replacement alternatives to reduce your symptoms, improve joint functionality, and avoid a knee replacement altogether. 

Whether you’re hoping to avoid a knee replacement or are not considered a candidate due to a high BMI, your age, or other outside factors, we are here to help. 

Genicular artery embolization (GAE) is a non-invasive alternative to knee replacement surgery that we gladly offer to patients with knee osteoarthritis. 

While many opt for alternative therapies such as arthroscopic debridement or injections, they are often associated with less-than-optimal clinical outcomes.​

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis or are at risk of developing the condition, it is vital to get evaluated and understand the best treatment options available.

Let’s discuss alternatives to knee replacement in more detail below.

Knee Replacement Alternatives

You don’t need a total knee replacement to feel relief from chronic knee pain.

However, It is important to note that treatment options for knee osteoarthritis depend on the severity of your condition and the extent and severity of your symptoms. 

The best first step in caring for our knees is to understand the impact that exercise and weight management can have on reducing symptoms and slowing the progression of your condition. 

In most instances, patients with mild to moderate osteoarthritis may use local or oral pain medication to reduce the severity of their pain.

Once knee osteoarthritis progresses to moderate or severe stages, medical therapy will most likely include one or more of the following:

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID)
  • Intra-articular steroid injections
  • Duloxetine 

Along with medication for symptom reduction, other common alternatives of knee replacement surgery include:

  • physical therapy
  • knee braces
  • walking aids, such as a cane or walker
  • hyaluronic acid injections
  • platelet-rich plasma injections
  • topical creams with capsaicin
  • over-the-counter supplements, including glucosamine and chondroitin or SAMe
  • acupuncture

For some patients, a combination of the abovementioned treatment is not enough. That’s where genicular artery embolization comes in. 

Genicular Artery Embolization: A Top-Rated Knee Replacement Alternative

For many years, a total knee replacement was the only effective treatment option for moderate to severe cases of knee osteoarthritis.

Although long-term results boasted well, a total knee replacement requires a hospital stay, general anesthesia, and extensive physical therapy and rehabilitation before complete healing can ensue. 

One of the best ways to treat knee osteoarthritis is with genicular artery embolization. 

This non-invasive, outpatient procedure involves shutting down the blood flow to your joint lining, known as the synovium, using a small catheter injection in one of your leg arteries to target the affected area.

GAE provides long-term relief and improved joint health by decreasing the blood flow to the inflamed area.

Relieve Chronic Knee Pain with Knee Replacement Alternatives in Oklahoma

You shouldn’t have to live with chronic knee pain that affects your everyday life. 

At CardioVascular Health Clinic, we recognize the impact a total knee replacement and its associated downtime can have on your life. That’s why we offer a wide range of vascular and cardiovascular services, genicular artery embolization included.

Our team is qualified to diagnose and treat knee osteoarthritis and is here to provide you with relief through innovative treatment options like genicular artery embolization. 

If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms consistent with knee osteoarthritis or have other chronic knee pain, we can help. 

Don’t delay! Call us at (405) 701-9880 or book a consultation online today. 

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I’m about one month out and things are so much better. At my two week evaluation my symptom score had gone from a 27 to a 7, and I’m sure it’s even better now. That speaks volumes. Now that I’m post recovery, there is no incontinence, I go to the bathroom much less and there are no ED side effects like there are with other procedures. In regard to my quality of life, well, I don’t maintain my life based on my proximity to a bathroom anymore.

Blaine P., M.D.
Professional staff working in a beautiful facility with great doctors who sincerely care about their patients. Without Dr. Schmidt's skill, I would have needed heart bypass surgery instead of a stent. Follow-up has been thorough. I can't recommend them highly enough.
LeAnn H.

Dr. Jim Melton and all the staff are fantastic. He is an excellent surgeon and his team is GREAT!!!! I just had surgery at the surgery center, I have only great things to say about my experience. Without him I really don't think I would be here to write this. If you’re looking for a good cardiovascular team, they are a 5 star for sure.

Susie H.

Dr. Parsons and staff are amazing. He truly listened to me from the consult. Staff showed genuine care for my progress post procedure. I had my follow up appointment today so satisfied with results. Blake made me comfortable from the start. He is an activist for uterine fibroids treatment beyond the standard.

Tamara M.

Professional and caring staff. Dr. Smith is very knowledgeable and shows genuine concern for your personal health. I enjoyed the background music in the procedure room, it really adds to the relaxing atmosphere.

David L.

Dr. John Schrader is the most personable doctor we know. He stays on top of my dads health care and is genuinely concerned about his health. We never leave his office with questions. He answers them all. Even questions we don’t think of. Always professional but never cold or bad bedside manner. In our opinion he is THE BEST around.
Thank you Dr Schrader.

Kathy J.

I came to Dr. Warren by a self referral for mals when it took me 8yrs 50+ doctors and thousands of dollars spent on no answers. My first visit I was scared I was just going to be gaslighted just like the past however I was pleasantly shocked when Dr. Warren immediately believed me. She took the time to review many disk I had brought from past tests. She never once dismissed me and listened to ever word I had to say. She scheduled one last test to confirm the diagnosis then I was scheduled for surgery right away. Surgery was a success and I can’t thank her and her staff enough. Dr. Warren truly saved my life.

Angie W.

Dr. Garner literally saved my life 18 months ago and I've followed him to his new practice with Cardiovascular Health. He explains things so clearly, listens and is just a very nice person. His staff is great, too! I highly recommend!

D Watts

Some of the nicest staff that I have ever dealt with!! They have been so incredibly awesome to my mom!! Would definitely recommend them to anyone!! Thank you so much for being so great with her!!

Christy G.

The staff, the nurses, and Dr. Parsons were all amazing. Everything was simple and went well – very Bravo Zulu (military phrase meaning "well done"). In addition to the great staff at CardioVascular Health Clinic, the facilities were clean and well maintained. I have no complaints about anything. The whole experience was A1. I would recommend Dr. Parsons to anyone. He made a huge impact on my life.

John W.

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