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What Is Viscosupplementation?

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Updated April 18, 2012

Definition: Viscosupplementation is a procedure that involves the injection of gel-like substances (hyaluronates) into a joint to supplement the viscous properties of synovial fluid.

Currently, hyaluronate injections are approved for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee in those who have failed to respond to more conservative therapy. Use for other joints is being investigated.

Currently, there are five FDA appoved hyaluronates:

Fast Facts About Viscosupplementation:

Also Known As: joint fluid therapy, hyaluronan injections, hyaluronate injections, joint fluid prosthesis, intra-articular knee injections
Alternate Spellings: visco-supplementation
Common Misspellings: viskosupplementation, viscasupplementation
Examples:
The doctor recommended viscosupplementation to help the osteoarthritis in my knee. Viscosupplementation is a type of intra-articular knee injection.

Sources:

What is Viscosupplementation?, The Cleveland Clinic Department of Patient Education and Health Information, 12/17/2003

Viscosupplementation Treatment for Arthritis, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, November 2000

What Is Viscosupplementation?, synvisc.com

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