Viscosupplementation is an injection of a gel-like fluid called hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the fluid surrounding the knee joint. Patients with osteoarthritis in the knee joint may have a decreased amount of hyaluronic acid present. Viscosupplementation may improve function and reduce pain.
- There is no preparation for a viscosupplementation injection.
- You will first be taken to the office exam room where staff will ask you to sign the consent form, and answer questions about the procedure.
- The procedure typically takes about 10 minutes.
- Staff will walk you through all aspects of the procedure as they are happening.
- You will be allowed to leave immediately post procedure or as determined safe by staff.
- Rest and limiting strenuous activity for a few days is typically recommended
- Ice and medications previously used for pain may be used immediately and for the next few days as needed.
- Pain relief typically occurs 3-10 days post injection. Although you may notice improvement sooner.
- Multiple injections may be required depending on the type of viscosupplementation used.
- Follow up with your referring provider to document your response and discuss your treatment plan.