Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found in the body, where it has a variety of important jobs, including in the joints. SYNVISC is a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid. When injected in joints, it serves the same the same purpose as its natural form — it helps joints work properly by acting as a lubricant and shock absorber.
What health conditions are treated with SYNVISC?
SYNVISC is only used to treat 1 condition: knee osteoarthritis. It’s intended to be used for people who have not received enough pain relief from diet, exercise, and over-the-counter pain medications. Most patients need several injections. After receiving SYNVISC, it’s important to avoid strenuous activity for 48 hours. You should continue following an exercise regimen or physical therapy to maintain strength and function in the knee as soon as Dr. Lebowitz says you can resume activity.
What should you know about side effects?
Be sure to tell Dr. Lebowitz if you have allergies to bird proteins, feathers, egg products, latex, or other allergies. Also let him know if you have a history of skin infections, knee joint infections, or circulation problems in your legs. All of these issues must be considered before getting an injection of SYNVISC.
About 7% of patients experience pain, swelling, or a buildup of fluid around the knee after an injection. If it persists or the pain gets worse, contact Dr. Lebowitz.
*Individual results may vary