- What is viscosupplementation?
In normal and healthy knees, there is a liquid called synovial fluid whose job is to lubricate and absorb shocks to the knee, therefore protecting it. This liquid is rich in hyaluronic acid, which guarantees the viscosity required for its functions. When it is diminished or produced in a smaller amount than that considered normal, as in arthrosis, the speed of joint degradation increases, generating lesions and symptoms.
For these cases, we must replace this lubricating liquid. We perform this procedure through viscosuplementation, which is the infiltration of sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) in the knee joints to lubricate and decrease pain.
- What’s the point?
To reduce pain and protect knee cartilage. You can also postpone or prevent more invasive treatments like surgeries.
- Do I need rest?
No. Once the procedure is performed, the patient will be able to return to his/her activities.
- How soon will improvement be noticed?
It will depend a lot on each case, and the lesions already present in each patient.