What Is Synvisc?

Synvisc® (hylan G-F 20) is an osteoarthritis treatment that is injected directly into the knee to cushion and lubricate the joint. Such treatments are known as viscosupplements. It is given as three separate injections (each one week apart) and helps relieve pain for up to six months.
Synvisc is most appropriate for individuals who have not received adequate pain relief from other arthritis treatments (such as medications) but who are not yet good candidates for knee replacement surgery.
Synvisc contains a mixture of hylan A and hylan B, two substances made from sodium hyaluronate, a natural product obtained from chicken combs. Hyaluronate is also found in the human body, especially within the joints and the synovial fluid. Injecting Synvisc into the joint helps provide the cushioning and lubrication lacking in the arthritic joint.
(Click Synvisc for more information on what Synvisc is used for, the effects of this product, and what side effects may occur with this particular osteoarthritis treatment.)
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