Knee Gel Injections
Knee Gel Injections (Viscosupplementation)
Viscosupplementation is the injection of hyaluronate into the knees to cushion them and provide lubrication. These injections are comprised of a thick substance with the consistency of jelly that helps to cushion the joints and lubricate them. Known as hyaluronate, this substance is a naturally occurring protein in the joints that is elastic and thick in young, healthy joints. By injecting the lubricant directly into the joint, inflammation is soothed and pain minimized.
Gel injections are covered by many health insurance providers and
have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration since 1997
Frequently Asked Questions
Is viscosupplementation right for me?
Viscosupplementation may be right for you if you suffer from chronic knee pain or have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Hyaluronate injections are an effective alternative to surgery for many patients, although it may take several injections to achieve desirable results.
What should I expect during a viscosupplementation treatment?
Viscosupplementation is a quick procedure performed in our Portsmouth, NH office. Our Nurse Practitioner administers it in only minutes. You will lie on your back with your knee extended. An antiseptic will be applied to the injection site before the needle is gently inserted just to the side of the knee cap. You may experience some slight discomfort at the injection site. Additional injections will be administered weekly over a period of three to five weeks.
What happens during the recovery period?
Viscosupplementation recovery requires very little ‘down time,’ although you will need to avoid placing pressure on your knee for long periods of time. Apply ice to alleviate soreness or bruising. You may find that your knee pain has subsided immediately following an injection. However, it is normal for results to continue to improve over the course of several weeks.
Is it covered by insurance?
Many health insurance companies do cover this treatment when it has been determined you have osteoarthritis of the knee. To see if you are covered, simply call our office and we can get to work on verifying your insurance coverage.