Treatment for Advanced Osteoarthritis
When painkillers and steroids are no longer effective for alleviating knee pain and keeping up daily routines, there are a number of different options for treatment. At this stage, many patients elect for knee replacement surgery. Since surgery is the riskiest approach to treating OA, patients often pursue various non-surgical alternatives. Viscosupplementation (Visco-3) is a safe and proven technique that has helped many patients avoid knee surgery. This procedure has been in use in the United States since 1997.
How VISCO-3 is used to relieve knee pain due to osteoarthritis
Hyaluronan is a natural substance found in the body and is observed in particularly high amounts in joint tissues and in the fluid (synovial fluid) that fills the joints. The body’s own hyaluronan acts like a lubricant and shock absorber in synovial fluid of a healthy joint. People with osteoarthritis experience a reduction of synovial fluid, losing the body’s natural ability to protect and lubricate joints.
If your doctor has determined that your knee pain is caused by osteoarthritis then you may be a candidate for VISCO-3’s non-surgical, non-pharmacological, pain-relieving therapy. VISCO-3 Sodium Hyaluronate is a solution made of highly purified, hyaluronan. Patients receive a 2.5 mL injection of VISCO-3 Sodium Hyaluronate once a week for 3 weeks (a total of 3 injections).
What should you expect following your series of injections?
The goal of treating knee discomfort with VISCO-3 injections is lasting relief of pain. Some patients experience pain relief even before the full series of 3 injections are given. The actual amount and duration of pain relief varies from patient to patient, but results tend to be long lasting – up to six months. Following an injection and for the next 48 hours, activities such as jogging, tennis, heavy lifting or standing on your feet for a long time must be avoided. Please note that no treatment, including VISCO-3, helps in every single patient.
Santa Rosa Orthopaedics
A recognized Center of Excellence serving North Bay patients for more than 70 years, SRO is committed to providing state-of-the-art facilities that keep abreast of continuing technological and research developments in the field. SRO is now offering VISCO-3 for the relief of knee pain. Please call for an appointment at (707) 546-12922 x 1.
SRO Knee Specialists
Dr. Thomas Degenhardt’s career as a board-certified orthopedic surgeon has been highlighted by his prominent role in the development and practice of sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery and joint reconstruction of the knee. He serves as co-director of The Sports Medicine Center at SRO… Learn more …
Dr. Gary Stein specializes in orthopedic surgery, adult reconstructive surgery, sports medicine, and back care. Dr. Stein has pioneered techniques in hip and knee replacement surgery and has been performing (MIS) minimally invasive hip replacement surgical techniques since 2001… Learn more …
Dr. Michael McDermott is co-director of The Sports Medicine Center at SRO. He is experienced in advanced arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the knee and shoulder, in addition to sports medicine, adult reconstructive, joint replacement, minimally invasive procedures, as well as general orthopedic surgery. Learn more …