SYNVISC is a single injection and has been specifically developed for the treatment of symptoms of knee and hip osteoarthritis. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring molecule that takes over the lubricating and shock-absorbing properties of a normal joint.
SYNVISC is a clear, flexible gel containing high concentrations of HA (hyaluronic acid). It is injected into the affected joint to relieve pain and restore the lubricating and shock-absorbing properties of synovial fluid. This contributes to improved joint function and thus to an improved quality of life.
How is it that one injection is sufficient if three to five injections per treatment cycle are required when using other hyaluronic acid preparations?
SYNVISC contains a high proportion of concentrated HA (therefore a high molecular weight). This considerably prolongs the retention time of SYNVISC, whereas the hyaluronic acid of other preparations is degraded within a few days after injection.
This is the main reason why SYNVISC only needs to be injected once, while other products need to be injected several times.
How does SYNVISC work?
SYNVISC contains a high proportion of concentrated hyaluronic acid (HA), which mimics the effects of natural hyaluronic acid. It restores the natural level of HA, which has decreased due to increasing osteoarthritis. It is known that HA has an effect on the sensation of pain and has viscoelastic properties (i.e. viscosity and elasticity), which allows it to provide cushioning and shock absorption within the joint. Due to its ability to bind water, hyaluronic acid acts as a lubricant for all movable joint parts.
Can I also receive SYNVISC treatment for my hip joint arthrosis?
Yes, SYNVISC's mode of action has proven itself successful in both hip joint arthrosis and knee joint arthrosis.
How is this treatment performed?
SYNVISC is administered by a single injection, e.g. into the knee joint with the aid of an injection needle. The entire procedure takes about 15 minutes and takes place under MRI control for the exact placement of the medication in the joint.
Is the treatment painful?
Before administering SYNVISC, we use a local anaesthetic for the puncture to make the application as pleasant as possible.
Can the treatment be repeated?
Yes, the treatment can be repeated whenever desired or necessary.