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Synvisc – OA injection

The single injection for arthritis

Synvisc is an injection treatment used in knee patients by Dr Herald and provides up to six months of osteoarthritis knee pain relief with just one injection for many patients.

Before trying this treatment, please tell Dr Herald if you have had an allergic reaction, such as swelling of the face, tongue or throat, respiratory difficulty, rash, itching or hives to Synvisc C.  Also tell Dr Herald if you are allergic to products from birds – such as feathers, eggs or poultry – or if your leg is swollen or infected.

To date, this treatment is recommended for pain relief in knee joints only.

Who is the ideal candidate for this treatment?

Patients with osteoarthritis of the knee who have tried and failed with other non-surgical treatments including over-the-counter pain medication (such as analgesics like Paracetamol)  may benefit. Speak to Dr Herald to see if you are suitable.

How is the treatment administered? 

This injection is a simple procedure that takes only a few minutes. In studies, patients typically found relief about one month after the injection. It is a good idea to avoid any strenuous sporting or lifting activities after your injection for two days.

After that, you should be able to resume normal activities. It is a good idea to have someone else drive you home after your injection and elevate your leg for the rest of the day.

What are the side effects?

Whilst the treatment is generally well tolerated, occasionally patients will have what is called a synovitic reaction, causing pain and swelling in the knees for a few days. Generally, this is treated with anti-inflammatory medication. Alert Dr Herald if you have previously had this condition.