Learn More About Viscosupplements
What is a viscosupplement?
A viscosupplement is a type of fluid that is injected directly into the knee to help lubricate and cushion the joint. Viscosupplements replace damage synovial fluid to help relieve pain and improve joint function.
What are viscosupplements made from?
Viscosupplements are made from a substance called hyaluronan. Hyaluronan is a natural substance found in the body and is present in very high amounts in joints. The body’s own hyaluronan acts like both a lubricant and shock absorber in the joint and is needed for the joint to work properly.
When should I consider a viscosupplement?
Viscosupplements are for people with Osteoarthritis of the knee who have not received enough pain relief from diet, exercise, and pain medication. If you’ve tried these options and are still feeling pain, ask our doctor if a viscosupplement could help.
What are the side effects?
Side effects with viscosupplements may include pain, swelling, or fluid build-up around the knee.
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Who administers viscosupplement injections?
Our orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Kevin Yip.
How are viscosupplements given?
Viscosupplements are injected directly into the knee. Depending on the type of viscosupplement you receive, it may be given as a series of injections or as a single injection.
What is the procedure like?
Each injection takes a few minutes and can be given in our doctor’s office.
Will the injection hurt?
Our doctor will apply a numbing agent before your viscosupplement injection. You may feel some pressure, but is should not be painful.
What happens after the injection?
You can resume your normal day-to-day activities immediately after the injection, but you should avoid any strenuous activities for about 48 hours.
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