This is an injection of a medicine called HYALGAN®. It's delivered directly into your knee joint. It helps with the pain of osteoarthritis.
To begin, your knee is numbed with a local anesthetic. A needle is carefully guided into your knee joint. The doctor uses ultrasound to make sure the needle is in the right place.
The doctor injects the HYALGAN® into your joint. It will bond with the knee's synovial fluid (that's the thick lubricating fluid inside your joint). The HYALGAN® will cushion your knee and help it move smoothly.
After the injection, your knee is bandaged. A series of three to five HYALGAN® injections will complete your regimen. You'll get one each week. Pain relief usually begins after the third injection, and it can last up to six months. You may benefit from physical therapy, too. For more information, talk to your healthcare provider.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.